Paul Lay is a historian, writer and former editor of History Today magazine. He is the author of the acclaimed Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate.

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Paul is a Trustee of the Cromwell Museum and sits on the advisory boards of the Institute of Historical Research and the History and Policy unit at KCL. He reviews regularly for the Times, Telegraph and the Literary Review.

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Olivia Jordan

Olivia Jordan

In 1940 Olivia Jordan, then Matthews, drove an ambulance under fire in France, escaped to Britain as the Germans closed in and became Charles de Gaulle’s driver-translator in London. Subsequently she was awarded the Croix de Guerre, though talking of her war work last year, Olivia, who has died