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History Of Royals

History Of Royals No. 10

From the Romanovs to the Windsors, History of Royals takes you behind the palace doors to discover the secrets, scandals, betrayals and bloodshed of some of the world’s most iconic royal families. Every issue of History of Royals is packed with incredible storytelling, fantastic photography, bespoke graphics, and world-beating research from the best historians in their field. What you’ll find every issue: • Famous Scandals: The love affairs, betrayals and conspiracies that brought down nations • Royal Residences: Explore the luxurious palaces that saw war, romance, murder and intrigue • Rulers at War: Discover the epic battles that made heroes of monarchs • Royal House: A dynasty in detail, from legendary founders to tragic fall

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in this issue

1 min.
welcome to issue ten

Few queens in British history have proved quite so divisive as Elizabeth Woodville, the commoner bride of King Edward IV. Widowed with two sons, no lands and no title, her unprecedented rise to the throne was no fairy tale, and her end had no happily ever after. Instead, she was tormented by rumours of witchcraft, accused of bewitching the king with more than just her womanly charms – find out more about one of history’s most exceptional women on page 14. Just three years before, Edward IV had thrashed Lancastrian forces and claimed his enemy’s crown at the Battle of Towton. Turn to page 22 to delve in to the first Yorkist victory of the Wars of the Roses. Elsewhere this issue, discover the brutal reality of Leopold II, King of the…

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Harry Cunningham As the Netherlands fell into the hands of Hitler, one queen became a beacon of hope to her people, as Harry explains. • Find out about Wilhelmina on p68 Stephen Davis Journalist-turned-author Stephen Davis chats to History Of Royals about the mystery of Nicholas II’s jewels in The Tsar’s Banker. • Go to p94 read about the lost heirlooms Nick Soldinger Regular contributor Nick is back again, this time delving into the dark, dirty secret of Leopold II’s reign in the Congo Free State. • Discover the Belgian king’s cruelty on p34 Willow Winsham This issue, Willow unearths the vicious rumours of witchcraft that hounded Elizabeth Woodville at the royal court. • See the White Queen’s black magic on p14 Catherine Curzon Regular contributor Catherine unveils the heartbreaking story of Sigismund Augustus and his ill-fated lover. • Go to p54 to read…

3 min.
the hunt for the birthplace of henry vii

“The outer ward parchmarks registered well in the survey, and seem to belong to a winged, H-plan hall-house” The foreboding Norman battlements of Pembroke Castle in West Wales – one of the holdings of the powerful Jasper Tudor – was long known to be the 1457 birthplace of Henry Tudor – the future Henry VII of England. Not only was it from Pembroke that the first Tudor king sprang, but it was from Pembroke that his uncle, Jasper, kept the Lancastrian banner flying, and from Pembroke where the four-year-old Earl of Richmond was eventually taken into custody by William Herbert. However, little was known of this turbulent time until aerial photography by Toby Driver, of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments (Wales), revealed parchmarks in the grass – irregular growth…

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upcoming events

Her Fashion Story Opens 24 February www.hrp.org.uk The timeless beauty of the Princess of Hearts returns to her Kensington Palace home for the 20th anniversary of her passing, with the new exhibition from Historic Royal Palaces. Curator Eleri Lynn says, “Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most photographed women in the world, and every fashion choice she made was closely scrutinised. Our exhibition explores the story of a young woman who had to quickly learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, who in the process put the spotlight on the British fashion industry.” Hardy Amies: A Dagenham Designer Until 25 February www.valencehousecollections.co.uk Valence House Museum, Dagenham, is paying tribute to one of the town’s most celebrated sons. Dressmaker to HM Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 (service that earned him a knighthood), among…

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the king over the water returns home

Location National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh Running from 23 June – 12 November Website www.nms.ac.uk With appetites whetted by their recent touring exhibition Gifts For A Jacobite Prince, National Museums Scotland (NMS) is bringing an array of treasures to the National Museum of Scotland for Bonnie Prince Charlie And The Jacobites – the first major exhibition on this controversial figure in 70 years. The exhibition, which will run from 23 June to 12 November (tickets: adult £10, children £7) promises seldom-seen treasures, which, according to a spokesperson for NMS, includes “key loans from major collections in the UK and overseas.” Highlights from National Museums Scotland’s own collections will include the travelling canteen of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, a Highland targe (shield) and broadsword, and a tartan suit made for John Hyde Cotton, a…

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royal wardrobe

Marie Antoinette, Queen consort of France and Navarre (1783) 01 White, sheer cotton muslin gown 02 Plumed straw hat with an elegant feather 03 Unpowdered hair and a lack of jewels 04 Broad silk golden sash around the waist 05 Balloon sleeves 06 Ruffle neck line Royal wives at Versailles were expected to lead a prescribed existence as objects of majesty surrounded by courtiers; their structured silk or satin gowns were as structured and restraining as they were elaborate and bejewelled. Marie Antoinette broke the rules. The sheer cotton material of this muslin gown was lightweight, similar to undergarments, and was initially worn in the French West Indies as a practical solution to a hot climate. The addition of a broad silk sash at the waist and fastening mechanisms at the front added a touch more formality, but…