Notable and infamous figures added to Dictionary of National Biography

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Over 200 new entries have been made to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The new list of those intended to represent the nation include the late Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and comedian Spike Milligan. Editor Lawrence Goldman wrote of the Queen Mother: ‘By the time of her death the monarchy, and the royal family more generally, had come to represent the nation, both to itself and to the rest of the world.’ Labour politician Barbara Castle and Moors murderer Myra Hindley are also amongst the 202 new entries. Dr Goldman states: ‘The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is not a roll-call of the ‘great and good’ but a record of those who left a mark on any aspect of British history, for good or ill. It has always included some criminals.’

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