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Issue 61 September 2008

Simon Dixon has enjoyed a new biography of the ‘Sun King’.

Viv Sanders takes issue with some all too common assumptions.

Michael Morrogh sees value in historical films, despite their evident imperfections.

F.G. Stapleton introduces the ‘weather vane ideology’.

Graham Noble separates fact from Tudor propaganda.

Richard Wilkinson recreates the contest that marked, and marred, the British war effort in 1914-18.

Graham Goodlad reviews the controversial career of William Pitt the Elder, whose ascendancy coincided with Britain’s involvement in the Seven Years’ War.

Russel Tarr introduces the new International Baccalaureate, assessing its advantages and disadvantages compared with A Levels.

R. E. Foster puts the dissolution of the monasteries into historical context.

John Spiller assesses James I’s impact on the Puritans and the Puritans’ impact on James I.