Shakespeare – how did he become a literary legend?

How did a young man from Stratford become England's greatest Bard – we uncover the genius behind William Shakespeare, follow the dramatic events captured in the diaries of Samuel Pepys and unearth the story of the Hasashin – the assassins who terrorised the medieval Muslim world.

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Our big story…

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

We follow the Bard from his humble beginnings through to his place in literary history

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Also inside the issue…

ÆTHELFLÆD

Why the daughter of Alfred the Great should be better known

AMRITSAR

The shameful massacre of hundreds of innocent Indians by the British Army

BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC

How the sinking of a passenger ship by a German U-boat sparked a bitter battle

Plus…

  • Find out about the April Fools pranks that went wrong in Top 10
  • Who invented the can-can? Your questions answered in Q&A
  • Discover the fascinating history of the London Underground
  • Our look at what’s on this month and the latest book release
  • … and much more!
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