MAY 2012


22 A popular murder? Gordon Pentland looks at why the assassination of a British prime minister was welcomed by some

26 Why did Shakespeare revile Richard III? Paulina Kewes explains how the king became a Shakespearean monster

34 The history of you and me Michael Wood champions the ordinary people of the past

39 Trouble in Palestine Matthew Hughes analyses Britain’s unsuccessful attempts to quell a Jewish uprising in the 1940s

46 The Thames triumphant Robert J Blyth explores a long history of royal pageants on the London river

50 When Washington burned Andrew Lambert challenges American claims to have emerged victorious from the 1812 war with Britain


58 The midwife of Islam Tom Holland reappraises a seventhcentury Muslim warlord whose legacy is still felt today

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6 Letters

8 Milestones: It happened in May

News 12 Breaking news 14 News from the journals 17 News roundup 18 World news in context: Mexico

37 Big Days in History by Dominic Sandbrook

45 Changing Times by Chris Bowlby

61 Book reviews 11 new history books reviewed

75 TV&Radio What’s on in May

Out&About 78 Where history happened: The Luddites 84 Ten things to do in May 86 Ye olde travel guide: Paris in 1802

Miscellany 93 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 96 Crossword: Win A History of Food in 100 Recipes 97 Puzzles

98 My history hero by Mark Easton

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