JUNE 2012


22 Dear Mr Hitler Victoria Harris analyses letters sent by ordinary Germans to their leader

26 A legacy of the Lionheart David Carpenter shows how Richard I created the notion of ‘regnal years’

31 The queen’s day Anna Whitelock discusses how Elizabeth I consolidated her reign with anniversary celebrations

38 “Does that mean you will be queen now?” Edward VIII’s troubled reign had a lasting impact on his niece, argues Kate Williams

42 How Napoleon was humbled Dominic Lieven claims that it was more than the Russian winter that halted France’s mighty army

50 The world in flames Antony Beevor talks to us about his new epic history of the Second World War


56 Fighting Scots Edward Spiers, Jeremy Crang and Matthew Strickland investigate the wild Scottish warrior stereotype

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6 Letters

8 The big picture

10 Milestones: It happened in June

News 12 Breaking news 14 News from the journals 17 News roundup 18 World news in context: The Tuareg in Mali

41 Changing Times by Chris Bowlby

48 Opinion by James Holland

60 Big Days in History by Dominic Sandbrook

61 Book reviews 11 new history books reviewed

75 TV&Radio What’s on in June

Out&About 78 Where history happened: Pilgrimages 84 Ten things to do in June 86 Ye olde travel guide: Meknes in 1681

Miscellany 91 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 94 Crossword: Win one of four audiobooks of

Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times 95 Puzzles

98 My history hero by Chris de Burgh

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