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All About History No. 75

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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Future Publishing Ltd
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Often our study of history is within documents and books, so it’s nice to be able to see it living in front of you. Tangible, tactile history you can breathe in. For that and many other reasons it was a pleasure to attend this year’s ‘Katharine Of Aragon’ Festival in Peterborough and get a sense of her legacy as it stands today. Laying now in Peterborough Cathedral she remains something of a tragic figure, but there’s also great strength and resilience in her tale, right up to the end. This issue we asked Dr Nicola Tallis to reassess the tale of Catherine of Aragon and to look not so much at the Great Matter and her divorce from Henry VIII, but at the young Spanish princess who fought for her right…

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defining moments

RECTORY REFORM A growing movement within the Anglican church for the ordination of women finally won over in the Church of England in March 1994 as, 76 years after the suffrage movement won the vote for women, they were being made priests. The move was not without its critics in conservative circles, leading to breakaway groups, but it was part of a trend that gained new momentum after Barbara Harris was made a bishop in 1989. 1994 SLICK SHAME Almost nine million gallons of crude oil was spilled into the Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska after the Exxon Valdez oil tanker struck Bligh Reef in March 1989. The slick it created would go on to cover 1,300 miles of coastline and 11,000 square miles of ocean. The remoteness of the…

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ottoman rise & fall

C.1299 A NEW BEGINNING Under the leadership of a man called Osman, a Seljuk Turk, a new empire is founded in Anatolia. It is named the Ottoman Empire, after its first sultan who creates the Imperial House of Osman. 1354 FALL OF GALLIPOLI Orhan, son of Osman I, orders a raid the shores of the Sea of Marmara and Gallipoli. The Ottomans take the area, which is their first victory in mainland Europe. More are to follow. 1443-68 AN ALBANIAN HERO Skanderbeg becomes a national hero in 1443 by organising a rebellion against the Ottomans He repels 13 Ottoman invasions over 25 YEARS Over 1,000 works have been written about him since in 20 languages 1453 INTO CONSTANTINOPLE Under the control of Sultan Mehmed II, the Ottomans lay siege to Constantinople, the heart of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire. The Ottomans win…

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the topkapi palace

In almost 400 years of its history, Istanbul’s iconic Topkapi Palace grew so important that it eventually operated as a city within a city, housing thousands at a time. It wasn’t just the Sultan’s opulent residence – it was the heart of Ottoman society, acting as its high-security administrative centre, royal court, and even an entertainment venue. The Topkapi Palace sits pride of place at the top of a hill overlooking the Bosphorus, Golden Horn, and Sea of Marmara. The site was strategically important, and in the days of Byzantium was used as Constantinople’s very own Acropolis. When the Ottoman Turks conquered the city in 1453, they destroyed much of it – but new ruler Mehmed II recognised the site’s potential. He designed and constructed the Topkapi Palace according to his unique…

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BORK HAT Their long, floppy, wool hat was shaped to resemble the sleeve of the Pîr – the spiritual master. Their esprit d’corp relied on the Bektashi Sufi Order. Forced to disband in the creation of the Mansure Army in 1826 (1830 in Algiers), the Order’s strength remained – outlawed in the creation of the Republic. MUSKET Early adopters of firearms, the Janissaries also oversaw their manufacture. The earliest being more like hand cannons, they evolved into flint and matchlock muskets. As these were slow-loading and often unreliable, they also continued to carry their composite, double recurve bows up until the 17th century – later being mostly symbolic. KILIÇ Most effective at a distance, Janissaries were lightly armoured for mobility. If that failed, they resorted to melee weapons like the iconic curved kiliç, axes, and…

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the ottoman empire rebels

LASKARINA BOUBOULINA ARBËRESHË (ALBANIAN)/GREEK - EASTERN ORTHODOX 1771-1825 Not to disappoint her father who was imprisoned for participating in a Russian-aided Greek uprising in 1770, this fearsome naval commander, born in a prison in Istanbul, ultimately became the iconic heroine of the 1821 Greek War of Independence. She kept up family tradition and smuggled arms, raised units and commanded a fleet against the Ottomans during the war. As a result of her accolades, Russian Tsar Emperor Alexander I awarded her the honorary title of Admiral, making her the first woman to hold it. In her hometown of Spetses in 1825, an unknown assassin shot and killed Bouboulina, when her son’s elopement with another family’s daughter caused a feud. MARYANA MARRASH SYRIAN - MELKITE 1848-1919 Many on this list led armed rebellions; Marrash represented intellectual revolution. Part…