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MARCH 2021

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I’m writing this a few weeks into 2021, and so far the dramatic news agenda of 2020 shows little sign of abating. Here in the UK we’re in lockdown – although there are grounds for hope with the vaccination programme well under way. Meanwhile, soon after we sent our last issue to press, Trump supporters launched an astonishing attack on the US Capitol. The events in Washington were extraordinary, but were they truly unprecedented? In Behind the News, on page 10, we set them in the context of America’s turbulent past.

Assuming the pandemic has subsided, next year should see the Bayeux Tapestry on display in Britain. In advance of i ts arrival, our content director, David Musgrove, has co-written a book on the Tapestry, and in this issue he and Michael Lewis reveal some of the key moments of 1066 that were excluded from the embroidery. That’s on page 41, and do also check out our new podcast series on the Bayeux Tapestry at historyextra.com/bayeux-tapestry-podcast.

Elsewhere this month, our cover feature (page 22) sees Nick Lloyd revisit the story of the western front, arguing that far from being a futile stalemate, it witnessed a military revolution. Meanwhile, Katherine Pangonis and Fiona Sampson reflect on the lives of powerful women from very different eras, with articles on crusader queens (page 34) and the Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (page 72).

I hope you enjoy the issue and that you’re all keeping well in these unusual times.

Rob Attar Editor

THIS ISSUE’S CONTRIBUTORS

Sathnam Sanghera I began writing my book much before the recent Black Lives Matter protests, and so it’s been quite surreal to see my niche interest become a massive concern. Sathnam considers how the legacy of imperialism still pervades modern society on page 78

David Musgrove What really struck me while writing (with Professor Michael Lewis) our new book on the Bayeux Tapestry was the bits of the 1066 story that are not included within it. David and Michael examine the events and people the Tapestry excludes on page 41

Katherine Pangonis Writing my first book took me from the ruins of the Middle East to the great libraries of western Europe. In Jerusalem, Antioch, Edessa, Tripoli and Tyre I came as close as I could to the world of the lost crusader queens. Katherine uncovers the forgotten queens of the crusader era on page 34

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