The long way round
When faced with an obstacle as imposing as the Great
Wall of China, most attackers would be forced to admit defeat. Not Genghis Khan. He simply went around it and invaded China by the back door. And it’s his sheer insistence that he was going to succeed that drove him to create the largest contiguous land empire in the whole of human history. Not bad for a nomadic pauper. We pick up his incredible story on page 28.
From a man whose name is known around the world to the story of one whose name has been largely lost to history. But for Fabian Ware, founder of what would become the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the whole point was that his work would ensure that others would not be forgotten. His work to commemorate the fallen of World War I deserves to be remembered, and we tell his story on page 46.
Elsewhere, you’ll find features on subjects as diverse as Thomas Becket ( p39 , Marilyn Monroe ( p55 and the American Revolutionary War ( p63) – and that’s just for starters! Happy reading... Paul McGuinness Editor
Genghis Khan wasn’t one to let a little thing like the Great Wall of China get in his way