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The Extraordinary Tale of…

A mysterious masked convict, believed to be a threat to the French throne

1703 THE ‘MAN IN THE IRON MASK’ DIES IN PRISON

The elusive political prisoner passed away on 19 November 1703, without anyone ever knowing his true identity

A LOT ON HIS PLATE?

One popular myth is that the Man in the Iron Mask wrote messages to the outside world on his crockery, which he then threw out of his cell window. The prison governor Saint-Mars did indeed complain of such instances in a letter dated 1692, but the culprit was a different man entirely - an imprisoned Protestant minister named Salves.

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"With the release of Victoria and Abdul, starring Judi Dench, we uncover the story behind Queen Victoria's love affair with India. From the dawn of the British Empire to Indian Independence, follow the Crown's tumultuous rule of the subcontinent. Also inside, get a blow-by-blow of the first mass tank battle of World War I, and find out how these machines have developed over the last 100 years. You can also meet the real Prince of Persia, Xerxes, and find out what happened after his infamous fight against 300 Spartans."