The Queen who curried favour
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