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Contents of History Today, January 2005

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Richard L. Pflederer visits the site of the first short-lived English colony in Maine set up in competition with Jamestown in Virginia, and considers a remarkable map...

Was Alexander Hamilton born in 1755 or 1757? He himself was confused about the year of his birth, but January 11th 1755 is currently considered the most likely...

Boria Sax finds modern myth-making at work in the apparently timeless legend of the ravens in the Tower.

Danny Wood visits a remarkable excavation in the Ukraine.

Anne-Marie Kilday and Katherine Watson explore 18th-century child killers, their motivations and contemporary attitudes towards them.

Bendor Grosvenor reveals for the first time a letter by Queen Victoria, which sheds light on the true nature of her relationship and feelings for her man-servant John...

Dorothy Wordsworth died on January 25th, 1855, aged eighty-four.

Reader responses to the November and December 2004 issues of History Today.

Peter Furtado introduces the January 2005 issue of History Today.

Jonathan Conlin reads 1066 And All That, a book that served as a point of departure to so many people, seventy-five years after its first publication.

Benedict King pays personal tribute to a great historian and teacher.

Derek Wilson explores the myths and truths about the famous family, whose fortunes were so closely connected to the Tudor dynasty.

Martin Evans and Emmanuel Godin ask how close was France to becoming a Communist country in the years after the Second World War.

Bill Putnam and John Edwin Wood peel away the evidence to find an extraordinary hoax at the heart of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel.

This month marks the 100th anniversary of St Petersburg’s Bloody Sunday. The Manchester Guardian was there, as Charlotte Alston describes.

About 200 people died and 800 were wounded during the march led by Father George Gapon on January 22nd, 1905.

Len Scales considers the complex role of martial skill in the development of national identity in the Middle Ages.

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