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The Captive Queen, By Alison Weir

Despite the odd blast from nit-picking scholars, Alison Weir deserves the large and loyal popular following for her readable historical biographies. She seems set fair to tow them after her now that she has embarked upon historical novels about the same characters. But I can't help feeling that she has missed the celestial omnibus with The Captive Queen. Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) is the most fabulous (literally) of subjects.

Jail for mother who killed her six babies

A 38-year-old woman has been jailed for 15 years for killing six of her newborn babies.

Geoffrey Woolley: 'Times' Letters Editor whose pages helped set Britain's public agenda

For three decades, from the year of the coronation, 1953, until the period of the Falklands conflict in 1982, Geoffrey Woolley was a potent, if unseen and largely unknown, influence on British public life. As Letters Editor of The Times he was the final arbiter of what and whose letters were published, which were afforded prominence as lead-letters, and at what point any long-running, controversial correspondence should be terminated. Fifty and more years ago – before the emergence of The Independent, The Guardian, and the Today programme – letters to The Times played an almost exclusive role in setting the public agenda, and Woolley's judgement was pivotal. Above all he was fair to those with minority or dissenting opinions. Woolley refused to be pressured by anybody – least of all by MPs.

The doctored photo, the missing war medals and the battle of Pegasus Bridge

The museum was built to remember the D-Day dead. Now, reports John Lichfield, it is riven by a family feud

Joan Smith: Salinger dismissed his children – that war generation did

When the author J D Salinger died on Wednesday at the age of 91, his obituaries were as one in crediting him with the invention of teenage angst. His only published novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is regarded as the quintessential expression of adolescent alienation, while his refusal to explain himself intrigued critics.

Conquering Normandy en famille

Normandy provides the perfect location for a family holiday with a difference

Last Post for the heroes of Normandy

Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined veterans yesterday to mark 65 years since the Normandy Landings at one of the last major gatherings of those who fought.

Patrick Mercer: I trust the British people to tell the difference between good and evil

On June 6th 2009, Britain celebrated the 65th anniversary of D-Day – a date which marked the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy during the Second World War.

Le Havre dispute Manchester United Pogba claim

Le Havre have denied Manchester United's claim that Fifa have cleared Paul Pogba to join the Barclays Premier League champions.

Paddy the pigeon decorated for bravery in fight against Hitler

A war hero decorated for his bravery in the fight against Hitler is finally being honoured by his home town 55 years after his death.

John Lichfield: When a kiss is not just a kiss

Paris Notebook: The <I>bise</I>, and the handshake, are hard-wired into the French psyche

Manchester United issue warning to Le Havre

Manchester United have warned Le Havre they will take action against them unless they stop repeating claims that the Red Devils offered financial inducements to Paul Pogba's family in order to lure the teenager to Old Trafford.

John Lichfield: Our neighbours are now a public menace

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Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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