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Abstentionist Irish rebel MP Countess Markievicz, centre, on the night she was released from prison in 1919. National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Nancy Astor wasn’t the real first female MP – this woman was

Irish Republican, socialist, suffragette and revolutionary, Countess Constance Markievicz was a fearsome politician who was the true first female member of the British parliament.
Eleanor Antin Judgement of Paris (after Rubens), 2007, from ‘Helen’s Odyssey’ © Eleanor Antin. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. The British Musuem

From the Iliad to Circe: culture’s enduring fascination with the myths of Troy

From art that centres the African-American experience to feminist retellings, the British Museum's new exhibition explores culture's enduring fascination with the legend of Troy

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