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All About History

All About History No. 87

All About History is the stunningly realised new magazine from the makers of How It Works and All About Space. Featuring beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics depicting everything from ancient civilisations to the Cold War, All About History is accessible and entertaining to all and makes history fun for the whole family.

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Thanks in part to William Shakespeare’s ‘Henriad’ (being his plays Richard II, Henry IV: Part 1, Henry IV: Part 2 and Henry V) the fact and fiction around the life of the real Prince Hal who became the warrior king of England can feel a little muddled. The Bard’s portrayal has become a cornerstone of the representation of Henry on stage and in film and as such is the abiding image in the public consciousness. No surprise then that the most recent film about Henry’s ascension to the throne, The King on Netflix, carries very little historical truth. Thankfully, we’re not looking to cinema to answer our questions about Henry V this issue. That responsibility has gone to Tom Garner, features editor of our esteemed sister magazine History Of War, who…

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editor’s picks

Queen of the Salon We welcome Roy Morris Jr to look at the role Gertrude Stein played in fostering the Lost Generation of artists and writers from her home in Paris Meet the antipopes Schisms in the Catholic Church and competing claims to papal authority were common for centuries. Sharon Bennett Connolly delves into the history for us Island mystery Why did the population of the Rapanui, the native people of Easter Island, drop off so dramatically? Dr Cat Jarman unpicks the theories for us to reveal the truth…

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defining moments

THE BIG THREE MEET The Yalta Conference of February 1945 was the second meeting of President Roosevelt of the United States, Prime Minister Churchill of Britain and Premier Stalin of the USSR. It followed a conference in Moscow between Churchill and Stalin that had established Western and Soviet spheres of influence in postwar Europe. This meeting was intended to lay out a roadmap for the reestablishment of sovereign nations after the war. 1945 MALCOLM X MURDERED At the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan on 21 February 1965, Malcolm X was about to address 400 members of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, which he’d founded in 1964. But as he prepared to speak a man ran up to the stage and blasted him with a shotgun. Two more assailants followed firing semi-automatic weapons. Malcolm X…

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achaemenian dynasty

553 BCE The Rise of Cyrus the Great 553 BCE Cyrus succeeds to the throne of his father (King of Anshan) and stages a three-year campaign against his grandfather, Astyages. Cyrus is victorious and unites the twin kingdoms of Parsa and Anshan. This begins the Achaemenid Empire. Did you know? Cyrus is seen as an early advocate of human rights, freeing slaves and allowing lots of religions Fall of Babylon 539 BCE Cyrus the Great conquers Babylon, signifying the end of the Neo-Bablyonian Empire. A Biblical account states that the takeover lasts a single night. Following this event, Cyrus permits a number of foreign exiles to return to their own lands. THE REIGN OF CAMBYSES II 530-522 BCE After the death of Cyrus (according to Herodotus, in battle against the Massagetae), his son Cambyses II ascends to the…

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mausoleum at halicarnassus

On a hill The Mausoleum was built on a small hill that overlooked the harbour side of the city of Halicarnassus. This would have given the 43 metre-high structure maximum visibility, lending it even greater grandeur. To reach the stone platform that was created for the tomb, visitors would walk up a staircase flanked by stone lions. Warrior statues Along the outer wall of the tomb’s surrounding closed courtyard, which measured 242.5 by 105 metres, were numerous marble statues of Greek gods and goddesses. At each of the four corners were statues of mounted warriors looking outwards as if to guard the Mausoleum. Rising columns Above the tapered base was a section called the pteron by Pliny the Elder since it was a continuous porch made up of 36 columns, nine of which were on…

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the anatomy of a persian immortal warrior

SHEER FORCE The Immortals were so-called because they would always be 10,000-strong. Should one die, become sick or injured, they would be replaced to maintain the number. The Immortals were also psychological fighters. Matching uniforms gave the impression they were unkillable, while dead and injured warriors were quickly removed from battle to maintain a sense of immortality. SHORT SPEAR The spear was the Immortals’ primary weapon and, while six feet in length, they were shorter than their Spartan enemies’. At one end was a sharp bronze point. The other end would have a silver or gold counterbalance that, aside from helping to denote the warrior’s rank depending on material and shape, could also be used as a weapon. PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, who was born in the First Persian Empire,…