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This month’s best historical reads

Michael Joseph, £8.99, hardback, 56 pages

How much do you know about the 10thcentury tale of Beowulf, beyond images of the monstrous, troll-like Grendel and a timber mead hall aglow with flickering firelight? Historian and television presenter Janina Ramirez here explores the poem and the world from which it originates – from the historical context to a guide to understanding Old English, the language in which it was written. Cramming a lot into its slender page count, and with evocative illustrations on each spread, this is a surprisingly detailed look at a hugely influential text.

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“It explores the world from which Beowulf originates – from the historical context to understanding Old English”

BOOK OF THE MONTH

There’s no title to the Old English maunscript, so the epic poem took on the name of its hero: Beowulf
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Few legends from ancient history have continued to hold us in such thrall as that of the fall of Troy, the epic tale of love and loss; gods and mortals; treachery and truth. But how much of the story is actually true? Michael Scott weighs up the reality and fiction of probably the most famous of Ancient Greek myths. Plus: Ten quirkiest royal traditions, the secrets of the relics in Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb, the Queen who took on the British in the 1857 Indian Rebellion, escapes over (and under) the Berlin Wall, and more.