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18 A global tea party Benjamin Carp reveals how a defining act of American rebellion had its roots in Britain’s imperial failings

25 Spain’s virgin queen? Catherine of Aragon’s sexual history was bitterly contested when Henry VIII sought a divorce, says Giles Tremlett

30 Henry IV: The man who saved France Jonathan Spangler details the remarkable reign of France’s Henry IV, who put a chicken in every pot

36 Three films about… Henry VIII How does The Other Boleyn Girl compare to other Tudor screen outings? Mark Glancy takes a look

42 Convicts and colonisers Thomas Keneally talks to Rob Attar about the early years of Britain’s remotest prison – Australia

47 The first free schools Nicholas Orme examines some pioneering educational establishments of the 14th century

50 Life on the Edwardian farm Jonathan Wright discovers the hardships of agricultural life in the early 20th century

57 Nowhere to go for Christmas Fiona Reid explains how Europe’s displaced persons celebrated the festive period after the Second World War


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6 Letters

8 Milestones: It happened at Christmas

News 10 Breaking news 13 News from the journals 14 World news in context: American Indians

39 Opinion by Dominic Sandbrook

56 Changing times by Chris Bowlby

63 Books Experts select their books of the year

73 TV&Radio What’s on over Christmas

Out&About 78 Where history happened: Workhouses 84 Ten things to do at Christmas 86 Holiday ideas

Miscellany 91 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 95 Christmas crossword: Win The Times Complete

History of the World, worth £75 96 Christmas quiz

98 My history hero by Jim Al-Khalili









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