WELCOME APRIL 2021
Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin (centre) is one of the most famous faces of the Russian Revolution
The Russian Revolution was one of the most dramatic and explosive periods of the 20th century, a series of events that brought generations of imperial rule tumbling down, overturned the political and social landscape of Russia forever and paved the way for the creation of the world’s first constitutionally communist state. For this month’s essential guide, we’ve teamed up with historian and author Helen Rappaport to explore the events of 1917 and beyond, and set the record straight on some of the biggest misconceptions of the era. Turn to page 26 to get started.
Elsewhere, as Britain marks 300 years since its first prime minister took o ce, we’ve compiled an A–Z of No. 10 Downing Street. From mistresses to moggies, take a peek behind the door of one of the nation’s most famous addresses (page 64). We al so explo re how h i sto ry might have been d i erent had William the Conqueror and his Norman army not emerged victorious at the battle of Hastings in 1066 (page 70); discover why the crew of sailors on HMS Bounty mutinied against their captain in 1789 (page 16); examine the circumstances of Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance (page 62); and look at the extreme lengths to which people have gone to stay young and beautiful – from eating arsenic wafers to drinking radium water (page 58). Plus, we answer some intriguing historical questions, such as why was Louis XIV known as the ‘Sun King’? Find out on page 77.
Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of this month’s great subscription o er, which could see you benefit from 40 per cent o the shop price! e full details can be found by turning to page 24.
Until next month, stay safe.
Charlotte Hodgman Editor
THIS MONTH’S BIG NUMBERS
103 The number of languages the works of crime writer Agatha
Christie have been translated into
6 The number of places across the world named St Kilda, despite there being no saint of that name
84 The percentage of the Russian population who were peasants,
according to the
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