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All About History No. 72

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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“Yes, the Queen my good sister may be assured to have a better neighbour of me being her cousin,” said Mary, widowed Queen of France, to the English ambassador before her return to Scotland. Rivals from the off, the two queens had no chance of ever being good neighbours, but putting them side by side we can learn a lot about why one fell from power and the other held firm. Had they not been kin, Elizabeth I might have been the mentor that the Queen of Scots needed. The so-called Virgin Queen had avoided marriage for fear of diluting her own status, while Mary’s dalliances made enemies of her nobles, saw her lose the throne of Scotland, and antagonise her cousin. Elizabeth I evaded the deadly paranoia of one Queen Mary…

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defining moments

FROHE WEIHNACHTEN German soldiers celebrate Christmas on the frontline near Verdun. While these men caroused, their fate was being decided. On 24 December, German high command made the decision to press on with Operation Judgement – an all-out attack on the French city of Verdun, which would begin the following February. The nine-month campaign cost both sides dearly – approximately 306,000 men were killed and nearly half a million wounded. 1915 SHED’S HEAVEN Inspired by a similar writing retreat used by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, Roald Dahl composed all of his best known works from the comforts of this garden shed. Dahl would retreat to his “little nest” at 10am each morning, sharpen six pencils and begin writing on a yellow legal pad he had imported from America. The curtains would be…

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the western roman empire

27 CE BEGINNING OF AN EMPIRE Rome goes from being a republic to an empire under Octavian, who is given the title of Augustus by the Senate. He starts off Rome’s first dynasty, the Julio-Claudians. 43 CE OVER THE CHANNEL Emperor Claudius orders the invasion of Britain and Aulus Plautius leads his soldiers over the English Channel. They successfully put down Celtic rebellions and annex what is now England. 64 CE GREAT FIRE OF ROME The fire NINE DAYS raged for Out of Rome’s districts, only remained intact 800 YEAR-OLD Temple of Jupiter Stator was destroyed 68-69 CE YEAR OF THE FOUR EMPERORS After the death of Nero, Galba took control but he was murdered by his bodyguards. Otho took over until he was killed by the next emperor, Vitellius. Finally, Vespasian was declared emperor and the Flavian dynasty began. 80 CE COLOSSEUM FINISHED After…

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inside history roman thermae

Through the doors While entry to the thermae wasn’t free, it hardly cost anything – just a quadrans, which is the equivalent of mere pennies today. Depending on the bathhouse and the emperor, there would either be separate entrances for men and women or one entrance for everyone. Time for a workout Before going in to bathe, most would check out the palaestra, or exercise ground, where they would work up a sweat. But this wasn’t a competitive environment – in fact Roman doctors prescribed it as a way to maintain good health, along with a good diet and the leisurely trek round the interior of the bathhouse. Wrestling, boxing and ball games were often the order of the day. Getting cold The final of the main three rooms, the frigidarium was the coldest. In…

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the anatomy of a vestal virgin

PURE AS SNOW If you saw a Vestal Virgin out and about, they would always be dressed in white as a sign of their purity. Chosen when they were between the ages of six and ten, the girls would be sworn to celibacy for their 30-year stint, with severe punishments if they broke their sacred vows – they were married to Rome, and any dalliances with citizens was considered incest, which was punishable by death. THE ETERNAL FLAME The most important duty of a Vestal Virgin was to ensure that the fire in the temple never went out – if it did, Rome would fall. With six girls and women serving at a time, they took shifts to watch over it and if the flame was extinguished, whoever was on duty would be…

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hall of fame  influential women

LIVIA DRUSILLA 58 BCE - 29 CE Quiet and confined to the background of imperial Roman life, Livia, the wife of Augustus, the first Roman emperor, was the epitome of the perfect Roman woman. While she never managed to bear the leader any children of his own she still wielded power acting as his counsellor and advisor, always whispering ideas into his ear. She was rewarded with the ability to manage her own finances and a public statue of herself – unheard of for the time. Livia ensured that a son from her first marriage, Tiberius, would succeed Augustus and there were rumours that she killed Augustus to see her son rule. AGRIPPINA THE YOUNGER 16 CE-59 CE The wife, niece, mother and sister of some of Rome’s most famous emperors, Agrippina was always…