Contents

AUGUST 2011

FEATURES

The Tudors special

22 Why the Tudors grab us by Eric Ives

24 Henry VII: The survivor and stabiliser by Steven Gunn

26 Henry VIII: The scourge of papal power by George Bernard

28 Edward VI: The boy king by Ralph Houlbrooke

30 Mary I: The forgotten trailblazer by Anna Whitelock

32 Elizabeth I: The great unifier by Susan Doran

38 Tales of the Turk John-Paul Ghobrial explores how British perceptions of Ottoman subjects blended fact and fiction

41 Through the Georgian keyhole Jon Stobart looks at fashionable interior tastes during the 18th century

44 Safety first! Mike Esbester analyses safety education messages from the 20th century

48 Sex and the trenches Clare Makepeace explains why British soldiers visited prostitutes during the First World War

50 The great escape John K Walton reveals how the modern seaside holiday was born in 18th-century Britain

60 Iron lady of Mercia Alex Burghart tells the story of an Anglo-Saxon female ruler who showed remarkable military prowess

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8 Milestones: It happened in August

News 12 Breaking news 15 News from the journals 16 World news in context: Scotland

37 Opinion by Amanda Vickery

47 Big days in history by Dominic Sandbrook

59 Changing times by Chris Bowlby

65 Book reviews 10 new history books reviewed

75 TV&Radio What’s on in August

Out&About 78 Where history happened: The conquest of Wales 84 100 Places that Made Britain: Porthcurno 86 Ten things to do this month 88 Ye olde travel guide: Rome in 192 AD

Miscellany 93 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 96 Prize crossword: Win The Somme by Peter Barton 97 Puzzles 98 My history hero by Wayne Hemingway

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