Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.
Today: the brutality of war and revolution in Russia - but what was a man from the East Midlands doing there? Is the name "Wessex" as old as we think it is? Did Aztecs and North American Indians ever meet? And the serious politics that was behind fun and games in fifteenth century Scotland.
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