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CONTENTS MARCH 2021

YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO

MEDIEVAL QUEENS

28 Everything you wanted to know: power How much control did medieval queens have over their subjects? Dr Elena Woodacre answers the key questions

31 Eleanor of Aquitaine Follow the story of Europe’s most powerful female ruler

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32 The four Matildas How a series of women with the same forename came to wield exceptional influence over England

36 Everything you wanted to know: image Dr Elena Woodacre reveals how queens chose to portray themselves – and how they were perceived 39 Isabella of France e story of the woman who deposed her own husband

40 9 queens you might not have heard of From Wu Zetian of China to Urraca of Castile-León, we explore some lesser-known rulers of the Middle Ages

44 Everything you wanted to know: family Our third and final Q&A with Dr Elena Woodacre focuses on the importance of queens’ personal relationships

47 Philippa of Hainault Inside the life of the so-called ‘Mother of the English Nation’

48 Margaret of Anjou A biography of the French-born wife of Henry VI

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49 Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV What happened when England’s king married a non-royal?

54 13 more medieval queens Why you should know these other important monarchs

G Why Joan of Navarre was placed in a tricky position following the death of her second husband, Henry IV

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FEATURES

58 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and George Edalji How the creator of the world’s most famous detective embarked on a personal crusade to exonerate a man accused of heinous crimes

62 Spotlight on... Michelangelo e story of the prodigiously talented painter, sculptor and architect

64 Images of African independence A look at the work of Todd Webb – a photographer who captured life in Africa as independence movements were sweeping the continent

70 What if... the Cuban Missile Crisis had escalated?

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G The story of the ‘real-life Sherlock Holmes mystery’ G Delving inside the mind of a Renaissance genius

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