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Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears

By Thomas Dixon

Oxford University Press, £25, 456 pages, hardback

Keep your chin up, as the old phrase goes. Yet, as omas Dixon reveals, the image of the stoic Brit may not be that old, and may not fairly represent the British. By all accounts, British history is awash with tears: Oliver Cromwell, Queen Victoria, Paul Gascoigne and Margaret

Thatcher have all famously been overcome with emotion. These case studies point to wider shifts in attitudes towards crying, as well as what was making us so upset – or happy – in the first place.

She is known as the ‘Iron Lady’, but Margaret Thatcher couldn’t hold back the tears when she left office in 1990
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The October 2015 issue of History Revealed