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The Spanish historian Ángel Viñas was so indignant over the dictionary's treatment of Franco and other 20th century figures that he edited a riposte called "In the combat for history" in which 34 historians, including Prof Preston, rebut what they consider the inaccuracies of the academy's biographical dictionary."In the academy there have been and still are people who have not got over the legacy of Franco," said Mr Viñas, adding that the selection of Mr Suárez to write the entry on the dictator showed the institution was "fundamentally dysfunctional".The site of the Court of Requests is now marked by the statue of Richard Lionheart." Parliament Square in Hertford marks the report that it sat there too during the Great Plague.The new director of Spain's state-funded history academy has said that the official biography of General Franco will be amended to define the man who led the country for almost four decades as a dictator.A spokesman for the Royal Academy of History said that there would be a complete revision of the dictionary as part of the digitalisation process but that it had still not been decided who would be in charge of revising the entry on Franco.Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.A crossword is a word puzzle that usually takes the form of a square or a rectangular grid of white-and black-shaded squares.The game's goal is to fill the white squares with letters, forming words or phrases, by solving clues, which lead to the answers.
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It was offensive to all those who are not major fans of Franco, but as there was constant brainwashing going on during the 40 years of his regime, there are still quite a lot of those about," he said.
Prof Preston said that apart from the entry on Franco, many of the dictator's military supporters "guilty of monumental atrocities" were written about by "soldiers who portrayed their military careers and excluded their dirty deeds".
The "Swedish-style" grid (picture crosswords) uses no clue numbers, as the clues are contained in the cells which do not contain answers.
Arrows indicate in which direction the clues have to be answered: vertical or horizontal.Paul Preston, a history professor at the London School of Economics and Franco biographer, welcomed any improvement on a text he described as "laughable" and said that Ms Iglesias was being "brave" in wishing to correct what he said was the academy's right-wing bias."The original text was basically a hagiography of Franco, making him out to be a saintly figure and not even a dictator.The harshly repressive nature of his 36 years in power were glossed over.