HISTORY IN THE NEWS
A selection of stories hitting the history headlines
Elizabeth I’s secret friendship
Newly uncovered letters in the National Archives and French records have revealed the Tudor monarch was a trusted confidante to King Henri III of France. Discovered by Dr Estelle Paranque, one letter, written in 1584, warned the French king of attempts to usurp him.
New sphinx found in Egypt?
A statue boasting a lion’s body with a human head has been discovered on Al-Kabbash Road, which connects the two temples of Karnak and Luxor in Egypt. Unearthed by construction workers, the statue has yet to be lifted from the ground.
WWII female pilot dies
Mary Ellis, one of the last living female Second World War pilots, has died at the age of 101. Ellis joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in 1941 after hearing an advertisement for female pilots on BBC radio. She is thought to have flown around 1,000 planes during the war.
A new find at Pompeii
Excavations of a house in the Roman city of Pompeii, thought to have been home to a wealthy and cultured man, have revealed 2,000-year- old frescoes. The dwelling’s atrium was surrounded by several decorated rooms.
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:A mock-up portrait of Henri III of France with Elizabeth I; a sphinx in the Egyptian city of Luxor; Mary Ellis, pictured with a Spitfire aircraft at Biggin Hill airfield in Kent in 2015; a recently discovered fresco from the ancient city of Pompeii