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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

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