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Volume 68 Issue 5 May 2018

  • Mermaids and mermen
  • The United States of Ancient Greece
  • The anchorites who escaped
  • Weapons of war in the Crusades
  • Female painters: portrait of the artist
  • Poland and the problematic nature of Holocaust remembrance
  • The history of Wales in pictures

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