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A boy enters a palace of a hundred rooms where an assassin may lurk behind every door and shadowy figures are reflected in a Hall of Mirrors.  An astonishing treasure lies at its heart, but powerful enemies are at the gates.

Britain's oldest man dies at 109

Britain's oldest man has died in hospital aged 109.

Obituary: Sir Hepi te Heuheu

Sir Hepi te Heuheu was the last paramount chief of a Maori tribe and his mana and standing ranked with that of the Maori Queen, Dame Te Atairangikaahu. He could have been in the line of succession to be the Maori King, but his great-great-grandfather, who was a prime candidate to be the first holder of that position, declined to challenge, instead rallying his Tuwharetoa people behind the Waikato chief Potautau Te Wherowhero, establishing regal succession with the Tainui tribe.

Cricket: History man's happy returns

Stephen Brenkley sees a record-breaker make the most of his chance for greatness

Understudy in Downing Street

Lord Melbourne 1779-1848 by L G Mitchell, OUP, pounds 25; Amanda Foreman on the prime minister who fell from grace with Queen Victoria

Q&A: Burnley's red carpeting

Q. The Queen visited Bradford City FC last month . In 1953, the Queen visited the cricket section of the Park Avenue, although not the adjoining football ground. Are there any other instances of monarchs visiting the football grounds?

Opinionated young nurse gives a Queen her blessing

Florence Nightingale, immortalised as the gentle Lady of the Lamp, was in fact a strong-minded character who was not afraid to voice her opinions.

Letter: Opening myth

Alan Watkins is promulgating a myth in saying that the ceremony connected with the State Opening of Parliament dates back to the last century ("Lawyers welcome the season of mists and silly Bills", 27 October). Queen Victoria reduced the number of occasions when the Sovereign attends by ceasing to go when Parliament is prorogued at the end of the session.

Letters: Royal example

Royal example

When Felix Mendelssohn met Queen Victoria

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Abraham Lincoln's image

Abraham Lincoln's image

Duke of Atholl dies aged 64

JOHN ARLIDGE

LETTER:No poverty of ideas here, Delia

From Ms Betty Cairns

V&A buys more than 200 Landseer letters

An official from the Victoria and Albert Museum holds up one of the more than 200 autographed letters by Queen Victoria's favourite painter, Sir Edwin Landseer, which the museum has acquired. None of the letters have been previously published, writes Marianne Macdonald.

The Queen says sorry to wronged Maoris

DAVID BARBER

'Living dead' up for grabs in Cottle's shop of horrors

The Bride of Dracula smiled serenely at curious onlookers, the blood dripping from her mouth as she lay in her coffin under a sign which invited them to "view one of the living dead".
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All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
Mark Hix recipes: Try our chef's summery soups for a real seasonal refresher

Mark Hix's summery soups

Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'

Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition