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Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

Headline, £18.99, hardback, 528 pages

By Alison Weir

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“Anne’s fortunes fall, rise, and fall again as monarchs change”

Historical-fiction phenomenon Alison Weir’s series of novels chronicling the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives reaches its fourth instalment, starring Anne of Cleves. You might think the fact that she was queen for just six months would provide slim pickings, but Weir skilfully spins the tale outward, taking in both rumours wayward behaviour early in her life and the royal couple’s relationship after their marriage ends. Indeed, the story continues apace beyond Henry’s death, as Anne’s fortunes fall, rise, and fall again as monarchs change and she becomes implicated in Wyatt’s Rebellion, the 1554 uprising against Mary I.

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On 20 July 1969, Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the Moon – bringing the Space Race to an end. Half a century on, we examine this and 49 other great leaps in history, each of which has shaped the world as we know it today. Plus: Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II smites his foes, an Indian ‘princess’ becomes a WWII spy in occupied France, the hidden history of drug use in antiquity, plus we examine Chicago’s darkest days – the Red Summer race riot of 1919