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The myth of the Lionheart Richard I is celebrated as a warrior-king and great hero, but he relied on Arthurian legend and the romanticised ballads of troubadors to embellish his image and enhance his reputation. Sabine Kaufmann The Great Belzoni The Italian strongman-turned-archaeologist was a larger-than-life figure who discovered Seti I’s tomb and brought his sarcophagus to London where he sold it to Sir John Soane. John H Taylor Eastern promise The Kuwaiti princess and art collector Sheikha Hussa Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah talks about the many stunning, lesser-known, pre-Islamic objects in the collection she founded with her husband. Dalu Jones Depicting the Divine The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford brings together powerful images and sacred artefacts produced by the world’s major religions and shows how they have inspired both faith and fury. Caroline Bugler The adventures of Asterix The plucky little Gaul and his menhir-wielding friend, Obelix, who have led the resistance against the Romans for 60 years, are being celebrated in two exhibitions in Paris. Polly Chiapetta What did the Romans ever do for Gaul? The reality of the Roman occupation was no laughing matter, but the battling Gaulish tribesmen might have been wiser to drop their swords – and magic potions – put on togas and learn Latin. Bijan Omrani Codebreakers and Groundbreakers Michael Ventris, who deciphered the Linear B script, and Alan Turing, who unlocked the Enigma code, are commemorated in an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Anastasia Christofilopoulou

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