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In the June issue of History Today

By Paul Lay | Posted 17th May 2012, 12:20
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June cover of History TodayThere's a royal flavour to the June issue of History Today, embodied by Cecil Beaton's portrait of the Queen, which graces the front cover.

As her majesty celebrates the Diamond Jubilee, Ian Bradley explains the ancient spiritual and religious dimensions that remain at the heart of the modern monarchy, while Dan Jones looks at the continuing influence of the Middle Ages on the institution.

Also in the June issue:

  • With the 2012 London Olympics getting ever closer, David Runciman looks back to the previous – and very different – London games of 1908 and 1948;
  • Edgar Feuchtwanger recalls his Munich childhood as a neighbour of Adolf Hitler;
  • Julia Lovell considers Chinese and British memories of the Opium Wars;
  • Marilyn V. Longmuir looks at the father and daughter who kept the flame of Burmese democracy burning;
  • Tessa Dunlop ponders the fashionable history of the tattoo;
  • Roger Hudson explores a key moment in the history of Scottish emigration;
  • Nicholas Mee recalls Jeremiah Horrocks, who in 1639 became the first astronomer to observe the passage of Venus across the Sun;
  • Anthony Kelly explains how an exhibition of paintings by London firemen created a propaganda sensation in the wartime United States;
  • and Elena Woodacre examines female rule in the medieval Pyrenaen kingdom of Navarre.

The June issue of History Today is out on May 24th; subscribe today and ensure you never miss a copy. You can also get it in our new digital edition on your iPad, Android device or Kindle Fire via our newly-launched app.

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