MARCH 2012


24 “Our excess girls” Lucy Noakes explains why the British government tried to export women to the colonies after the First World War

29 Hold your noses – it’s the Elizabethans! Ian Mortimer guides potential visitors through the sensory environment of 16th-century England

36 Nuns on the run James Kelly reveals the stories of Catholic women who fled Protestant Britain in the early modern era

43 Britain’s medieval identity crisis Clare Downham shows how the emerging English state had to contend with other allegiances

52 Sink the Tirpitz! Patrick Bishop questions whether the destruction of the dreaded Nazi warship was really worth the effort


54 Making Britain great Saul David shows how the army played a major role in Britain’s global ascendency after the Restoration

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6 Letters

10 Milestones: It happened in March

News 14 Breaking news 19 News round-up 20 World news in context: The South China Sea

41 Big Days in History by Dominic Sandbrook

51 Changing Times by Chris Bowlby

63 Book reviews 11 new history books reviewed

77 TV&Radio What’s on in March

Out&About 88 Where history happened: Tudor courtiers 94 Ten things to do in March 96 Ye olde travel guide: Bahamas in 1718

Miscellany 101 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 104 Prize crossword: Win a DVD set of

Time to Remember 105 Puzzles

106 My history hero by Alan Johnson

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