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History Of Royals

History Of Royals No. 16

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 16

How do you contain the most ambitious, determined and dangerous man in Europe? This was the question that Britain faced with Napoleon Bonaparte. So extraordinary that even his first exile in Elba couldn’t quell his empirical ambitions, the British banished him to the remote island of St Helena, surrounded him with soldiers and vowed that he’d never escape again. But while Napoleon was kept under lock and key, his followers schemed, plotting his rescue… Turn to page 14 to learn more. Not even five decades after the death of Napoleon, his nephew rekindled the French Empire and became Napoleon III. While the Emperor was busy reconstructing his capital, his wife took fashion by storm and became the most celebrated style icon of the 19th century. Head to page 24 to experience…

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Melanie Clegg Specialising in France’s leading ladies, this issue Melanie explores Empress Eugénie’s fashion legacy during her tenure • Turn to p24 to learn more about Eugénie Catherine Curzon Fearing plots and schemes at the hands of his nobles, King Erik XIV of Sweden lost his cool. Catherine explains his breakdown • Meet the murderous king on p54 Peter Price This issue, Peter, Features Editor for All About History, uncovers the ill-fated story of the Tower of London’s incredible Medieval menagerie • Meet the animals that paced London on p60 Derek Wilson In issue 16, we speak to historian and frequent contributor Derek about his five decades of writing, historical fiction, and his latest book • Turn to p94 to read this issue’s interview Harry Cunningham Regular contributor Harry returns again to plot the rise and fall of the House of Stuart in…

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bbc two’s king charles iii divides audiences across the uk

500 years ago, criticising a recent or reigning monarch was enough to land you in the Tower on charges of treason, a fact many of our greatest writers – Shakespeare, Johnson and Marlowe – were only too aware of when they penned their own plays on Kings and Queens. It was in this Jacobean tradition that the BBC gambled on an adaptation of Mark Barnet’s award-winning stage play King Charles III, written in blank verse and set in a hyper-dramatised world that is almost – but not quite – our own. The Queen is dead and the new King has gathered in Westminster Abbey with the royal family after the funeral. Brushing aside his Prime Minister, Tristan Evans (Adam James), Charles (Tim Pigott-Smith) says he will step out on his own…

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your reaction to bbc two’s king charles iii

"I thought it was a great dark comedy. Good content and well acted. I'd watch it again..." Melissa, via Facebook "I found it thought-provoking surrounding the storyline of Charles having been born and bred with the expectation of him becoming the King, but having had such a long build-up to his destiny and then in effect being side-lined to make way for William would surely make him question his place in life and in the family, and I think the drama really hit that point. I didn't however find the Harry storyline as believable, specifically his plans of being be able to live a 'normal' life away from the Royal spotlight, especially considering his current contributions of charity and compassion in his role within the family. But overall I enjoyed the mostly…

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victoria’s collection of war photographs

For the first time since 1856, Roger Fenton’s photographs are going on show in Scotland, with his iconic images of war in the Crimea on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Featuring over 60 photographs acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the exhibition emphasises their powerful impact on royal and public perceptions of war. In an age where people were forced to wait weeks to hear word of wars abroad, Fenton lived and worked during a communication revolution – with the presence of war correspondents and reports from the field, news from afar reached home shores in a matter of days, and the British public could witness first-hand images of war quicker than ever before. In 1855, Fenton was commissioned by publisher Thomas Agnew & Sons to photograph officers and people…

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upcoming events

Enlightened Princesses 22 June – 12 November 2017 www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace In a brand-new exhibition that explores the lives of three of Britain’s most underrated princesses, Kensington Palace highlights their impact on culture and society. Covering Caroline of Ansbach, wife of George II and more, the exhibition draws upon a range of artefects held by Historic Royal Palaces, the Royal Collection, the Yale Center for Art, as well as royal collections in Denmark and the Netherlands to depict the dynastic role of these women in shaping their nations. Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths 19 May – 29 August 2017 www.bl.uk To mark the centenary of the fall of the House of Romanov and the Russian Revolution, the British Library is taking a fresh look at the impact of the revolution on culture. Displaying a mix of Communist…