The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition Mark Stoyle investigates claims that Prince Rupert, nephew to Charles I and chief cavalry commander for the Royalists during the Civil War, owned a poodle with demonic powers.
Elsewhere in the magazine, Tracy Borman takes a look at regal nuptials throughout history in an A–Z of royal weddings – from bridesmaids to turkeys.
The May issue also features Martin Sixsmith who speaks to BBC History Magazine's Rob Attar about why Russia has never achieved western-style democracy, while elsewhere, Francis Fukuyama looks back at humanity's distant origins to find out how political institutions have developed around the world.
Also in this issue, as new blockbuster film The Eagle shows at cinemas acrss the UK, Miles Russell asks what really befell the Legion of the Ninth, and gives his opinion on the film itself.
Meanwhile, 50 years after US-backed exiles attempted to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the Bay of Pigs, Mark White examines President Kennedy's role in the invasion.
Other topics this month include Paul Addison and Jeremy Crang's consideration of the role of the Ministry of Information in assessing popular morale in 1940; Dominic Sandbrook picks 1 May 1851 – the date that Queen Victoria opened the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace – as a big day in history; and Tara Hamling takes a closer look at the performance of Elizabethan drama.
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