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Weird and wonderful, it all happened in October

POETRY IN MOTION

1667 PARADISE LOST IS PUBLISHED

John Milton, an ageing and blind ex-civil servant, spent five years completing his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, with the help of friends and scribes. Milton then sold the publishing rights for a mere £5. However, the poem became one of the most popular of the day, making the publishers a pretty penny.

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"From raiders to invades: Medievalist Dr Ryan Lavelle tells the story of how the Vikings dropped their hit-and-run tactics and instead banded together to form a Great Heathen Army, eventually conquering a large part of Britain. Also in the issue, find out how a Lancastrian widow came to marry a Yorkist king during the Wars of the Roses, and what happened when a German monk dared to take on the Pope with a 500-anniversary feature on Martin Luther's Reformation. Plus, inside Hitler's last gamble at the Battle of the Bulge, the spy who tried to kill Lenin and the Atomic Age in pictures."