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History Of Royals

History Of Royals No. 11

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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welcome to issue 11

Cromwell’s meteoric rise from a mere commoner to the king’s closest adviser sent shockwaves through the cut-throat Tudor court, and with good reason. Who was this man that emerged from obscurity to become Henry VIII’s right-hand man? This issue, we dip behind the mystery that shrouds Cromwell’s rise to power on page 14. Unlike his climb to power, Cromwell’s downfall was very public, and playing matchmaker with the king and Anne of Cleves cost him his life. Turn to page 24 to learn about the luckless fourth wife. Love didn’t come so hard for Ludwig I of Bavaria, however. Besotted with a dancer named Lola Montez, the king showered her with titles, money and mansions – but Lola found herself loathed by her king’s subjects. Head to page 62 to find out…

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Edoardo Albert Specialising in the Anglo-Saxons, the final volume of Edoardo’s historical fiction trilogy, Oswiu: King Of Kings, is available now. • Find out about the Wessex rulers on p53 Harry Cunningham Returning again this issue, Harry explores the tragic demise of the House of Braganza in Portugal. • Turn to p34 for the monarchy’s downfall Elizabeth Norton Tudor historian and widely published author, this issue Elizabeth unveils Anne of Cleves and Henry VIII’s failed marriage. • Discover how Anne survived Henry on p24 Derek Wilson Bestselling historian and frequent contributor to History Of Royals, Derek plots the unprecedented rise of Cromwell. • Meet the wolf of Wolf Hall on p14 John Callow This issue, History Of Royals speaks to John Callow, author and historian, whose study on James II in exile is getting a new lease of life. • Go to p94 to…

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revealed: the leprous face of robert the bruce

“Reconstructing the muscle formations over the skull reveal a powerfully built man of peak fitness and good diet” His legend looms as large as that of William Wallace, but until now we had little idea how Robert the Bruce, King of Scots from 1306 to 1329 and victor in the First War of Scottish Independence (1296-1328), really looked. Now a collaboration between historians at the University of Glasgow and craniofacial experts from Liverpool John Moores University – the same team who re-created Richard III following the recovery of the last Plantagenet – have re-created the Bruce from a cast held by Hunterian Museum in Westminster. Reconstructing the muscle formations over the skull reveal a powerfully built man of peak physical fitness and good diet, qualities consistent with the king’s battlefield prowess. Without access…

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the not-so ancient monument

A pair of standing stones outside of a police station in Randolphfield, Stirling – just over 30 miles away from Edinburgh – previously believed to be around 3,000 years old have turned out to be much more recent. Radiocarbon dating by Stirling Council archaeologist Dr Murray Cook has revealed that the stones were actually placed on the site around 1312 to commemorate the victory of William Wallace and Andrew Moray’s Scottish army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge against a much larger English force. Ironically, 19th century antiquarians were much further ahead of the curve, with AF Hutchinson writing in 1893 that “To perpetuate the memory of this victory […] two stones were reared up in that field and are still to be seen there.”…

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Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 11 February to 17 April www.royalacademy.org.uk The Russian Revolution struck like day to night, with no facet of life left untouched. London's Royal Academy of Arts explores the fall of the Tsarist regime and the birth of Bolshevism through the emerging ‘people's art’ of Kandinsky and Malevich, as well as photography, propaganda posters, sculpture and the films of Sergei Eisenstein, charting the emerging avant grade before the rise of the ’Red Tsar’, Joseph Stalin. 1917. Romanovs & Revolution 4 February to 17 September www.hermitage.nl/en The other side of the story is told at the Hermitage Amsterdam in the Netherlands, featuring photos, paintings, artefacts and historical documents that explain the origins of the revolution and how each misstep by Tsar Nicholas II brought this vast old empire closer and closer to chaos.…

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learn from the masters

History Masterclass offers an exciting new way of learning. The brainchild of historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Sam Willis, History Masterclass will bring some of the nation’s best-known academics to intimate historical settings, affording people the opportunity to learn through talks, discussions and workshop activities. “For those outside higher education, public history events tend to be lectures on quite a grand scale, making the audience relatively passive, even in the presence of a great lecturer,” explains Lipscomb about the motivation behind the seminars. “We wanted to create opportunities for something more intimate – no more than 20 or 30 people – with leading historians.” The core duo kick things off with Nelson’s Navy with Willis (25 January) and The Witch-Trials with Lipscomb (11 February). As a historian known for her study of the…