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CONTENTS

FEBRUARY 2021

FEATURES

20 Smash and grab delusion Hugh Willmott says that the Dissolution was no chaotic scramble for spoils, but a precision-planned operation

28 Medieval forgeries Levi Roach explores why counterfeit texts abounded in the Middle Ages

35 Blitz spirit? Lucy Worsley tells the tales of six Londoners trying to survive the bombs

40 Sutton Hoo Martin Carver discusses the dig that unearthed a spectacular hoard

50 Medieval childbirth Elma Brenner shares six ways medieval women prepared themselves for labour

58 A hatful of horrors Malcolm Smith on the feather trade that fuelled a Victorian fashion craze

64 The miracles of Henry VI Lauren Johnson delves into the powerful cult that grew up around the failed Lancastrian king after his death

70 Unusual history careers Discover some of the less typical jobs within the history world

50 How women tr ied to guard against the lethal dangers of childbirth in the Middle Ages

64 Why Henry VI was transformed from a hopeless king into a heroic miracle worker after death

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20 “Lead from the roofs was reserved for the king, stripped on site and melted down into ingots”

To find out more about the seventh-century treasure trove unearthed at Sutton Hoo, turn to page 40

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