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How the Aztecs made their mark centuries before the buzz of the tattooist’s needle

It remains unknown if – and is probably unlikely that – tattoo parlours existed during the time of the Aztecs. Instead, those wishing to enhance their bodies with inky designs simply did it themselves, thanks to these body stamps. The stamps, made from clay and featuring a variety of patterns, would be dipped into paint or dye before being pressed firmly onto the recipient’s skin. They were also used to make clothing more exciting – their inexpensiveness allowed even the poorest in Aztec society to look decidedly sharp and fashionable.

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“Don’t let every little feeling be read in your face and seen in your manner.” Queen Victoria certainly took her own advice. But her personal feelings have since been revealed through her diaries and letters, and this issue we ask the celebrated historian Lucy Worsley how these private words have shed light on Victoria’s life and deeds. Plus: the tale of how modest Oxford don JRR Tolkien was inspired to create Middle Earth, an ancient Athenian whodunnit, our A-Z of executions, the most brilliant beards in history, and more.