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This month’s best historical reads

King of the North Wind: The Life of Henry II in Five Acts

By Claudia Gold

William Collins, £25, hardback, 352 pages

If you were asked to produce a list of Britain’s most well-remembered monarchs, it’s unlikely that Henry II would be near the top. Yet the medieval king, who ruled over England and Ireland, as well as parts of Wales, Scotland and France, between 1154 and 1189, is fascinating in his own right. As Claudia Gold’s book reveals, he was a vivacious (and sometimes vicious) leader, determined to restore the crown to what he saw as its former glory. In that quest, he was largely successful – and then it all went wrong. This is an insightful, accessible introduction to a king who is often unfairly overlooked.



“He was a vivacious (and sometimes vicious) leader, determined to restore the crown to its former glory”

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In this month's issue… Captain Cook's secret mission Retrace James Cook's 1768 first voyage - a scientific expedition that morphed into a globe-spanning quest to find a lost continent thanks to a set of secret instructions. Plus: Louis XIV and the Palace of Versailles; the tragedy of British Tour de France hero Tom Simpson; the fall of the Russian Romanov dynasty; history of chocolate; William Wallace; weird pets; and Palymrene Queen Zenobia takes on Imperial Rome.