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JANUARY 2018

CONTENTS

Features

Every month

We chronicle Winston Churchill’s battle to keep Britain fighting, on page 20

20 Churchill’s darkest hour Allen Packwood tells the story of the critical days in 1940 when Churchill won the argument to keep Britain in the war

26 Charles I’s warrior queen Henrietta Maria put her life on the line ghting her husband’s corner during the Civil War, writes Leanda de Lisle

32 The art of Charles I Lucy Chiswell reveals what the king’s extraordinary art collection tells us about his character and his country

40 When Spanish uhit Britain Britain’s response to the pandemic of 1918 was wholly inadequate, with lethal consequences, argues Robert Hume

50 Caesar’s British gamble The Roman statesman’s invasions of the British Isles almost le his career in tatters, as Guy de la Bédoyère reveals

57 Medieval sex advice Katherine Harvey turns medieval sex doctor to answer queries on everything from impotence to the risk of STIs

62 Egypt’s greatest queen? Joyce Tyldesley considers whether Nefertiti’s accomplishments 3,000 years ago merit her modern-day celebrity

6 ANNIVERSARIES 11 HISTORY NOW 1 1 The latest history news

1 4 Backgrounder: sex and politics 16 Past notes: circuses

17 MICHAEL WOOD’S VIEW 18 LETTERS 48 OUR FIRST WORLD WAR 67 BOOKS Thelatestreleasesreviewed,plus Fiona Sampson discusses her book onFrankensteincreator,MaryShelley

79 TV & RADIO The pick of new history programmes

82 OUT &ABOUT 82 History Explorer: public libraries

87 Five things to do in January 88 My favourite place: Marrakech

93 MISCELLANY 93 Q&A and quiz 94 Samantha’s recipe corner 95 Prize crossword

98 MY HISTORY HERO Gri Rhys Jones chooses Field Marshal Bill Slim

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26 The extraordinary story of Henrietta Maria, Charles I’s tenacious wife

57 Seven reasons why sex was a mine eld in the Middle Ages

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62 Is our obsession with Nefertiti justi ed?

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