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MAY 2018

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Historians investigate Russia’s relationship with the rest of the world, on page 14

20 Churchill’s secret army Giles Milton describes a daring British bid to cripple the Nazis’ nuclear programme, using the dark arts of guerrilla warfare

26 Medieval rebel queen Sarah Gristwood answers the most pressing questions on Edward IV’s controversial queen, Elizabeth Woodville

32 The diehard Scot He was kidnapped, shipwrecked and le for dead. Douglas Skelton pro les the 18th-century adventurer Peter Williamson

37 Sleep tips fromhistory From cow dung to lettuce soup, Sasha Handley reveals how our ancestors battled the scourge of insomnia

42 Exit stage left Andrew Dickson goes in search of Richard Burbage, friend of Shakespeare and the most celebrated actor of his era

6 ANNIVERSARIES 11 HISTORY NOW 1 1 The latest history news

1 4 Backgrounder: Putin’s Russia 16 Past notes: garden gnomes

17 MICHAEL WOOD’S VIEW 18 LETTERS 56 OUR FIRST WORLD WAR 65 BOOKS Thelatestreleasesreviewed,plus Fern Riddell discusses her book onsu ragettebomberKittyMarion

77 TV & RADIO The pick of new history programmes

80 OUT &ABOUT 80 History Explorer: Kinder trespass

85 Five things to do in May 86 My favourite place: west Australia

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

98 MY HISTORY HERO Michael Morpurgo chooses Krystyna Skarbek

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50 The forgotten civil war Laura Ashe tells the story of the bitter family dispute that rocked Henry II’s England to its core in the 1170s

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58 Karl Marx at 200 Gregory Claeys chronicles the life and legacy of one of the most in uential thinkers of all time

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50 Why King Henry II went to war with his wife and three sons in the 1170s

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37 The lengths to which our ancestors went to get a good night’s sleep

42 On the trail of the actor who outshone William Shakespeare

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