MARCH 2017

CONTENTS

Features

Every month

We consider the long relationship between the news media and power, on page 14

22 Escaping the workhouse Lesley Hulonce traces Victorian attempts to improve the quality of life for Britain’s most deprived children

28 Elizabeth I’s Irish nemesis Hiram Morgan follows the exploits of Irish rebel Hugh O’Neill, who ran rings around the Tudor queen’s generals

35 Mars fever! Our fascination with the red planet has long re ected the political climate back here on Earth, argues Eric Rabkin

41 Will Twitter kill history? Jane Winters assesses the threat that social media and emails pose to the study of the past

46 The great pretender PT Barnum made a mint out of hoodwinking the public. Antonio Melechi reveals the secrets to his success

50 Vicars on the liquor James Brown, Tim Wales and Phil Withington explain why so many 18th-century clerics drank to excess

58 The emperors’ assassins The Praetorian Guard was behind some of the darkest chapters in ancient Rome’s history, says Guy de la Bédoyère

6 ANNIVERSARIES 11 HISTORY NOW 1 1 The latest history news

1 4 Historians give their views on the ‘post-truth’ world

18 LETTERS 21 MICHAEL WOOD’S VIEW 54 OUR FIRST WORLD WAR 63 BOOKS New history titles reviewed, plus weinterviewEamonDu yabout hisnewbookontheReformation

75 TV & RADIO The pick of new history programmes

77 OUT &ABOUT 77 Explore a world of history in our 26-page travel guide 103 Five things to do in March

109 MISCELLANY 109 Q&A and quiz 110 Samantha’s recipe corner 111 Prize crossword

114 MY HISTORY HERO BarryCryerchoosescomedian ArthurAskey

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28 The Earl of Essex’s Irish nightmare

41 Can history survive the digital revolution?

46 PT Barnum’s greatest wheezes

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