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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Strange Cult of Richard III

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This week: Laughing in the face of austerity, a voyage to the moon and why there's always more Thomas More. For even more, subscribe here.

PLANTAGENET

Richard III: A Medieval Relic?

Richard III became King of England on 6 July, 1483. The furore surrounding his discovery in 2013 was strongly reminiscent of a medieval cult of sainthood.

OUT OF THE MARGINS

A Nation of Regions

Modern Britain is dominated economically, culturally and politically by London, its capital city. It was not always that way.

NHS

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

The NHS was founded on 5 July, 1948. It has always had a close, complex, relationship with humour.

THE MAP

The Moon, 1647

A 17th century map by the founder of lunar topography Johananes Hevelius.

TUDOR

A More for All Seasons

Thomas More was executed on 6 July, 1535. Every generation reincarnates him in their own image.

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