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All About History No. 71

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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“The die is now cast,” wrote the king to his First Minister, Lord North. “The colonies must either submit or triumph. I do not wish to come to severer measures, but we must not retreat.”King George III of the United Kingdom casts a long shadow, but like all shadows its aspect is misshapen and its features are stretched out of all proportion.George III is shorthand for “madness” (thanks to the film, see page 98) and (especially in the US) “tyranny”, but although its unwritten constitution was still in the process of being (un)written, the United Kingdom was a constitutional monarchy at the time of the American Revolution.So how can a king whose authority is exercised through Parliament be a tyrant? And to what extent did Parliament’s reaction to the…

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editor’s picks

Medieval Medicine From Black Death to broken bones, discover how science and superstition collided in the gruesome world of medieval medicine Protecting Pompeii Antiquity ace Kate Marsh explains how Pompeii’s rediscovery and preservation is every bit as exciting as its gruesome final hours World War II Cannibals Biologist Charlie Evans reveals how desperation drove Leningrad’s citizens to feast on each other during the darkest days of the Nazi siege ■…

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defining moments

BATMAN BEGINS Michael Keaton tries out the view from behind the camera during the filming of the first Batman film. Keaton was controversial choice for the role due to what was then mainly a comedy background, but director Tim Burton saw the intensity he could bring to the character. Burton was vindicated when the film grossed $40.49 million in its opening weekend alone, going on to earn over $411 million worldwide. 1989 BROTHERHOOD AND UNITY Yugoslav president Josip Tito was praised for both holding his divided nation together and for walking the knife-edge between communist East and capitalist West. His death represented the beginning of the end of Yugoslavia’s “Brotherhood and Unity”, but his funeral showcased unity of a different kind, bringing together the likes of Kim Il-sung, Saddam…

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medieval medicine

“[God] himself gave medical knowledge to men, just as He himself assigned both herbs and other things to grow on the earth” Origen, 1st century Christian scholar ■…

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medieval medicine in history

541-542 THE JUSTINIAN PLAGUE  25-50 MILLION Number of estimated deaths across the empire Approximate number of deaths each day in Constantinople during the plague 10,000 This was the FIRST major outbreak of bubonic plague in the world 7TH CENTURY WRITING IT DOWN Greek physician Paul of Aegina creates his seven-volume medical encyclopaedia, incorporating his own knowledge with that of the ancient Greeks and Romans – it would remain popular for the next 800 years. 610 CHINESE MEDICINE Chao Yuanfang, an imperial court physician during the Sui Dynasty, compiles his Treatise On The Many Illnesses. He discusses more than 1,700 diseases, such as smallpox, which greatly influences medicine in China. 754 ISLAMIC…

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an apothecary

Self-reliance Initially, apothecaries would cultivate their own plants and herbs in a garden plot outside. This would help them to cut down on costs and ensure that there was enough supply to produce the necessary treatments. As time went on and demand rose, they would purchase their ingredients from a growing number of suppliers. Trading in beauty As well as helping people back to health, an apothecary would make and sell perfume and other beauty products in much the same way as a modern-day pharmacy. Often ingredients would have a dual use. Tragacanth, a natural gum taken from the dried sap of Middle Eastern legumes, for example, was used in both a perfume and cough medicine. Live animals Typically, an apothecary would also have live animals…