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History Of Royals

History Of Royals No. 18

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 18

For centuries, Richard III has been cast as the villain in the legend of the Princes of the Tower. Sir Thomas More, Shakespeare and many Tudor historians perpetuated the image of Richard the Usurper, but in reality, nobody knows what really happened to Edward V and Richard, Duke of York. So how can we find Richard III guilty of their murders when the only evidence we have is mere speculation? Instead of asking who killed the boys, perhaps we should be wondering what else could’ve happened to the princes? Who had what to gain from their disappearance – and did they need to die? This issue, we’ve spoken to seven of Britain’s leading Medieval historians and experts to consider what might’ve happened to young Edward and Richard. Head over to…

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Dr Peter Johnston This issue, Peter delves into the treasure trove of royal artefacts held at the newly renovated National Army Museum • Turn to p28 to explore the museum’s collection Aleksandar Pavolvić In the second part of the series, find out how Matthias Corvinus kept hold of power in a competitive Europe • Meet Hungary’s most celebrated king on p72 Andrew Morton We’ve spoken to the renowned journalist on what it was like to break the happy image of Diana and Charles’ fairytale wedding • Go to p92 to learn the story behind the book Jon Wright Regular contributor and historian Jon returns this issue to shed light on the Catholic monarchs’ role in starting the Spanish Inquisition • Find out how Isabella of Castile ruled on p62…

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meet the history of royals team…

Katharine Marsh Production Editor Who knew that the Hofburg was so fascinating? Turn to page 78 to discover the Austrian palace. Jessica Leggett Staff Writer I’m really excited to join the team this issue! Read my first feature on Joanna the Mad on page 54. Rebekka Hearl Designer It seems that there’s much more than meets the eye about Crown Princess Märtha on page 36. Get in touch historyofroyals@futurenet.com History of Royals Future Publishing Richmond House 33 Richmond Hill Bournemouth BH2 6EZ www.historyanswers.co.uk Share your views and opinions online Facebook /HistoryofRoyals Twitter @HistoryofRoyals…

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the real sport of kings

A study conducted by English Heritage has determined that jousters are the ultimate all-round athlete. In preparation for the tournament season at English Heritage, the organisation sent jouster Roy Murray to the University of Bath, where he was put through a series of physiological tests designed to gauge his performance in comparison to Olympic athletes led by applied sports scientist Jonathan Robinson. To start, Roy’s height, weight, body mass index and body fat percentage were measured. The average person has around 15-20 per cent body fat, with professional footballers usually falling somewhere between 8-12 per cent – Roy’s came in at a remarkable 7.72 per cent. This was followed up by a test designed to measure Roy’s cardiovascular fitness, known as a VO2 max test, where he had to run until…

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upcoming events

Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection 17 June – 15 October 2017 www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk The Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum is showcasing 40 watercolours, half of which have never been displayed before, that celebrate Queen Victoria’s state visit to Paris in August 1885. Her visit was intended to cement the alliance between Britain and France during the Crimean War. Known for her love of watercolours, the queen commissioned 15 of them to celebrate her time in France after previously receiving another ten from Napoleon III as a Christmas present. An album belonging to Baron Haussmann, containing watercolours depicting a lavish ball that Victoria attended during her visit, will also be on display. Reformation: Shattered World, New Beginnings 23 June – 15 December 2017 www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation fast approaching,…

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the german princesses who helped shape britain

Anew exhibition at Kensington Palace is delving into the lives of three queens whose patronage and advocacy put them at “the very heart of the enlightenment underway in 18th century Britain.” Caroline of Ansbach, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wives of King George II, Fredrick, Prince of Wales and King George III respectively, contributed not only to the development of the arts in Britain but also in the fields of science, medicine, education, welfare and trade. Almost 200 objects have been brought together in this exhibition to highlight their achievements, finally providing the women with the recognition they deserve. ‘Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World’ can be found directly after the popular ‘Victoria: Revealed’ exhibit. The first part sees helpful biographies on…