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Behind The Reputation

Updated Wednesday, 19th December 2018

In this interactive, you’ll uncover the real people behind the icons. Does the reality of the life of Van Gogh, Queen Elizabeth I and Charles Dickens match up with their reputation?

We come to know famous figures and historical icons through their reputations. But who are they really? What are they like behind their reputation? It’s time to find out...

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