The Queen who cur­ried favour

History Revealed - - FROM THE EDITOR -

With hit movies and block­bust­ing TV se­ries ex­plor­ing the life of Queen Vic­to­ria, we thought now was the per­fect time to take our own look at how she came to fall in love with the sub­con­ti­nent, de­spite never hav­ing ven­tured be­yond Europe. But there was more to Vic­to­ria’s re­la­tion­ship with India than her famed love of

curry, as we re­veal from page 24. An­other his­tory-mak­ing woman fea­tured this is­sue is Mary Shelley ( p49 , whose Franken­stein was a rev­o­lu­tion­ary novel. But who was the woman be­hind the mon­ster? Hers is a tale of such scan­dal and tragedy that it’s a won­der it hasn’t been drama­tised on screen as of­ten as her cre­ation – or in­deed our cover star. On the sub­ject of rev­o­lu­tion­ary cre­ations, we mark 100 years since the first mass tank at­tack, at the Bat­tle of Cam­brai dur­ing World War I ( p36 . Ini­tially

dis­missed, these ‘land­ships’ would change the way we fought for­ever. Keep your let­ters com­ing, and happy read­ing!

Dur­ing Vic­to­ria’s reign, it was said that the Sun never set on the Bri­tish Em­pire

Paul McGuin­ness Editor

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