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Photographs by Sam Faulkner of re-enactors in ‘Unseen Waterloo’ at Somerset House, London, until 31 August

Waterloo 200-year anniversary: The myths of the battle that changed history. Or maybe not...

Ahead of the 200th anniversary next week, John Lichfield dissects the myths that continue to surround the significance of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon in a field outside Brussels

Napoleon Bonaparte died in 1821

Napoleon Bonaparte looked 'fiendish' while plotting escape from Elba, according to cousin of William Wordsworth

William Crackanthorpe was granted an audience with the exiled and dethroned French emperor less than a year before the Battle of Waterloo

Prayers at Saturday's Anzac Day service at London’s Wellington Arch

Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli's beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice

Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, left, attended a commemorative ceremony marking the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in Eceabat, Turkey

Gallipoli centenary: The world unites in homage to the fallen Anzacs

Leaders and dignitaries attend ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of a campaign that helped shape three nations

Toy soldiers: models created by William Siborne

Waterloo bicentenary: A miniature re-creation of the battle that Wellington never wanted made is being restored to mark the 200th anniversary

The Duke felt impertinent model-maker William Siborne was 'prying' into his victories

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: London's first pillar box

The revolution in our postal service was largely down to Anthony Trollope

Royal flush: (clockwise from top left) Alfred the Great, Richard I, Henry V, Edward I

The medieval kings to remember - and what they tell us about Michael Gove

It's alleged that Michael Gove compiled a list of those English medieval kings that he wanted children to study. But which would have been on it? Simon Usborne picks claimants who might appeal to an opinionated young fogey
This photo provided by the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) shows the facade of the so-called 'Talpiot Tomb', where some believe Jesus of Nazareth and his family were buried

The lost tomb of Jesus? Scientist claims he has 'virtually unequivocal evidence' that could help explain the whereabouts of Christ's remains

Evidence also points to Jesus having married and had a son, geologist says – but his findings are likely to prove controversial

Arnold Schwarzenegger joined the group attacking rightwing policies on the environment

Terminator hits out at fellow republicans over anti-gay law in Indiana

Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger slams colleagues who choose ‘politics of division’ after legislation sparks backlash

The last duchess: Katherine Willoughby in 1548

The woman who nearly married Henry VIII: Book claims the king almost took a seventh wife

Author David Baldwin believes the king decided not to marry Katherine Willoughby because she was too fiery. Here, he describes the remarkable woman who almost changed history

City of dust: visitors to an exhibition in Dresden study a 360-degree panorama of
the city after the Allied raids in February 1945

Dresden bombing 70 years on: A survivor recalls the horror he witnessed in the German city

British rifleman Victor Gregg was being held as a PoW by the Germans in Dresden when the Allies bombed the city in 1945. He witnessed unimaginable carnage that brought him decades of mental turmoil. This is his eyewitness account of the firestorm he left behind

A far-right Pegida rally outside the Frauenkirche church in Dresden – their protests have attracted crowds of up to 25,000 people

Dresden Armageddon 70 years on: the shadow of extremism hangs over the birthplace of the Pegida - a city once devastated by Allied bombing during WWII

As the anniversary of the raids is commemorated on Friday, Tony Paterson looks at how resentment still lingers, providing fertile soil for far-right and anti-Muslim groups such as Pegida

The Margherita is regarded as the authentic Naples pizza

Pizza did not originate in Naples, claims food historian

Giuseppe Nocca says church records from the Dark Ages in Gaeta, Lazio, are the earliest reference to the classic Italian dish

Lady Butler’s painting Scotland Forever! – the Greys actually advanced at the trot because of the broken ground (Alamy)

Battle of Waterloo bicentenary: Scots Greys to charge again in re-enactment to mark anniversary of Napoleon's final defeat

Two centuries after the battle in Belgium, one of Britain's most famous regiments is reforming

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin feeds a horse during his vacation in the Republic of Tyva, Russia, in August 2009

Joseph Stalin's grandson says 'brainless show-off' Vladimir Putin should learn from Soviet-era tyrant's example

Yevgeny Dzhugashvili took a Russian newspaper to the European Court of Human Rights over an article calling his grandfather a 'bloodthirsty cannibal' – and lost

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