Trou­ble with the neigh­bours

History Revealed - - FROM THE EDITOR - Paul McGuin­ness Ed­i­tor

If you know some­one called Carter, Fran­cis or Mor­timer, then you know some­one with French ori­gins. These are just three of the hun­dreds of com­mon ‘English’ names with their roots in Nor­mandy. Bri­tish his­tory is en­twined with that of our neigh­bours across the English Chan­nel ( la Manche to our Gal­lic cousins). But noth­ing so epit­o­mises the end­lessly un­easy re­la­tion­ship be­tween Eng­land and France as the Hun­dred Years’ War ( p28 . Eng­land even­tu­ally lost – but had it not been for a freak storm in 1360, who knows how things might have panned out? Stick­ing with the unknown, don’t miss our bumper pull-out sup­ple­ment in­ves­ti­gat­ing the 50 great­est mys­ter­ies in his­tory ( cen­tre pages , in which we ex­plore sub­jects that have kept us guess­ing – from the sub­lime to the ridicu­lous.

Of course, his­tory is all about un­cov­er­ing great sto­ries from the past, and we have plenty more great tales to re­veal. Ever heard about the Nazis who landed a U-boat in New York dur­ing World War II ( p58 ? Or the 19th-cen­tury mother of three who ac­cepted a bet to cy­cle round the world – de­spite never hav­ing been on a bike ( p69 ?

What­ever you think of the is­sue, please do write in and tell us. With­out your feed­back, we’ve no way of know­ing what you’ve thought. Happy read­ing!

It was 50 years ago today that the Bea­tles cre­ated the sound­track to the Sum­mer of Love (

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