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This Month In... 1960


Penguin Books wins landmark trial to publish ‘obscene’ novel

On 2 November 1960, after a sixday trial, British publishing house Penguin Books was found ‘not guilty’ under the Obscene Publications Act for its printing of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The landmark ruling had a significant impact on the publishing world, paving the way for greater freedom of the written word.

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The 12th century can be seen as a pivotal moment in Japanese history, an era which saw beginning of the ascendancy of one of history’s most iconic warrior classes: the samurai. This month we explore the dramatic civil war that heralded their rise to power – and the formation of the first shōgunate. Plus: The black market for medieval relics, why the Wall St Crash of 1929 shook the world, how British humanitarian Nicholas Winton saved almost 700 children from the Nazis, the English pirate who inspired Captain Jack Sparrow, and more

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Nicholas Winton always claimed he “wasn’t heroic”, yet it was down to his business sense and compassion that 669 children were swept out of Prague to safety before the Nazis arrived, writes Gavin Mortimer
In medieval Europe, relics of dead martyrs were the ultimate must-have, venerated by princes and paupers alike. But where did they come from? Emma J Wells delves into the black market for holy heirlooms
Hareth Al Bustani introduces us to Japan’s answer to the Wars of the Roses, a samurai civil war that upended centuries of imperial rule and ushered in a military dictatorship – the very first shOgunate
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