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With her ame-red hair and imposing Tudor attire, this month’s cover star could easily be mistaken for Elizabeth I. Yet , i n rea l i t y she i s one of the Virgin Queen’s greatest rivals: Lettice Knollys, the woman who stole Robert Dudley’s heart. The exact nature of Dudley and Elizabeth’s relationship continues to be debated, but what’s not in doubt is the queen’s anger on discovering that he had married one of the younger women who inhabited her court. On page 20 Nicola Tallis explores this Tudor love triangle.

Also this month, we’re exploring pain of a more physical kind, in an evocation of the hellish world of the Victorian hospital. As Lindsey Fitzharris reveals, these supposed houses of healing were home to dirt, disease and horrifying surgical procedures that o en did more harm than good. Turn to page 42 to read her fascinating article – assuming you have a strong enough stomach!

Thankfully modern hospitals bear little resemblance to their 19th-century predecessors, but in other areas, historical events are continuing to shape the world around us. A notable example is the Balfour Declaration, Britain’s statement of support for a Jewish home in Palestine. As David Reynolds shows in his article on page 28, the declaration con icted with promises that Britain made to Arabs and other groups in the heat of the First World War. One hundred years later, the contradictions in Britain’s actions in the Middle East have yet to be resolved.

Rob Attar Editor BSME Editor of the Year 2015, Special Interest Brand

THIS ISSUE’S CONTRIBUTORS

Simon Schama For over half a millennium, the life of a Jew was always one where you never knew whether you were going to be holed up in a ghetto or expelled from your country. P Simon discusses his new book on the history of the Jewish people on page 63

Nicola Tallis Elizabeth I’s little known relative, Lettice Knollys, forms the subject of my research. This is a tale full of drama, intrigue and ultimately a love story, but one that earned the enmity of the formidable Tudor queen. P Nicola describes the fallout from a Tudor love triangle on page 20

Charles Spencer The six weeks that Charles II spent as a fugitive a er his defeat at the battle of Worcester were the most exciting of his life. There’s no doubt what would have happened to him had he been caught. P Charles traces Charles II’s escape from Cromwell’s troops on page 80

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