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F From the Rose to the Globe, discover how theatres operated in Shakespeare’s day – and the snacks that audiences enjoyed

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G Getting to grips with the playwright’s creative process G Meet Shakespeare’s close family and friends

H Not everything you know about Shakespeare is true

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G Why Shakespearean women still defy convention

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12 What We’ve Learned This Month Scientists ‘open’ a sealed letter, new revelations about Pompeii, and much more

14 My Life In History Lisa Westcott Wilkins, archaeologist and co-founder of DigVentures

16 This Month In... 1946 Armed convicts attempt to break out of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary

21 In A Nutshell e shadowy origins of the Illuminati

73 Ask the Experts How did a flower clock work? What was an ‘ornamental hermit’? ese and more historical questions answered

79 TV, Film & Radio is month’s history entertainment

82 What’s On Our pick of upcoming exhibitions and talks

84 Books & Podcasts e latest historical releases and podcasts

86 Historical Fiction Edward Rutherfurd shares an extract from his latest book, China: An Epic Novel

87 Prize Crossword 88 Letters 89 Next Issue 90 Photo Finish

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G Revisiting the sights and sounds of the Festival of Britain, 70 years on

G In reality, the Romans’ ‘greatest defeat’ may not have been so seismic

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