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CONTENTS

MARCH 2021

FEATURES

22 Winning the western front Nick Lloyd argues that a wave of innovations turned the tide for the Allies – and changed warfare forever

34 Crusading queens Katherine Pangonis shines light on the formidable female rulers of Jerusalem

41 Edgar Ætheling David Musgrove and Michael Lewis introduce William the Conqueror’s forgotten rival

50 Science and the Vikings Cat Jarman shares the secrets that cutting-edge science has revealed about the Vikings and their society

59 Appraising our ancestors Donald Bloxham argues that historians must make moral judgments

66 The Tudor origin story Adam Chapman traces the famous dynasty’s remarkable r ise to power

72 The ultimate Victorian Fiona Sampson delves into the life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a poet and pioneer of her era

41 Why the troublesome prince Edgar Ætheling was intentionally lef t out of the Bayeux Tapestr y

72 Discover the remarkable li fe of Elizabeth Barrett Browning – a Victorian literary giant

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Find out how the Tudors propelled themselves from north Wales to the throne of England, on page 66

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22 “The horrors of trench warfare had been banished as a new kind of mobile fighting emerged”

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