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In this issue

D-Day’s forgotten heroes
Nick Hewitt charts the extraordinary contributions of Allied sailors to the success of the Normandy landings.

How the Vikings viewed the world
Alicia Maddalena and Matthew Townend peer inside the Viking mind with the help of Norse poetry.

Inside Anne Boleyn’s bedchamber
Nicola Clark considers what the lives of six ladies-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s wives can tell us about the Tudor court..

The Aztecs at war

RHIANNON DAVIES discovers why war was so important to the Mesoamerican people - and why they believed a badly cooked meal could prevent a soldier from shooting straight

The Aztecs at war

1 min

Towering achievement

NATHEN AMIN explores a 13th-century stronghold that was built to subdue independent-minded Welsh people, yet has since become a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds

Towering achievement

2 mins

Eighteenth-century mushroom ketchup

ELEANOR BARNETT shares her instructions for making a flavourful sauce with roots in south-east Asia

Eighteenth-century mushroom ketchup

3 mins

Goodbye to the gilded age

JOHN JACOB WOOLF is won over by an exploration of the Edwardian era, which looks beyond the golden-era cliché to find a nation beset by a sense of unease

Goodbye to the gilded age

2 mins

The power of the few

Subhadra Das's first book catches two particular waves in current publishing.

The power of the few

2 mins

The 'badass' icon

One of the problems with biography, if an author is not careful, is that it can quickly become hagiography.

The 'badass' icon

1 min

Ghosts of Germany's past

KATJA HOYER is impressed by a study of a nation's attempts to grapple with the crimes it perpetrated during the Second World War

Ghosts of Germany's past

2 mins

A window onto England's soul

SARAH FOOT has high praise for a book that traces the evolution of English Christianity over the course of 1400 years, through the lives of its greatest thinkers

A window onto England's soul

4 mins

"There was a general perception that Queen Victoria's mourning was neither normal nor acceptable”

JUDITH FLANDERS talks to Rebecca Franks about her new book, which delves into the customs surrounding dying, death and mourning in Victorian Britain

"There was a general perception that Queen Victoria's mourning was neither normal nor acceptable”

10 mins

"Indigenous children were forcibly separated from their families"

HIDDEN HISTORIES... KAVITA PURI on the legacy of Canada's residential schools

"Indigenous children were forcibly separated from their families"

3 mins

"From Africa to the Indian subcontinent, imperialism has left a trail of damage"

MICHAEL WOOD ON...THE BANGLADESH LIBERATION WAR

"From Africa to the Indian subcontinent, imperialism has left a trail of damage"

3 mins

ANNIVERSARIES

DANNY BIRD highlights events that took place in March in history

ANNIVERSARIES

5 mins

"People began collapsing in the streets and dying on the pavements"

In 1943, a devastating famine claimed the lives of millions of people in the Indian province of Bengal. Kavita Puri (left) tells us why she's keen to ensure that the stories of those who endured the crisis are not forgotten

"People began collapsing in the streets and dying on the pavements"

10+ mins

FIVE THINGS YOU (PROBABLY) DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT...The Vikings

Ryan Lavelle, who is teaching our new History Extra Academy course, shares five surprising facts about the raiders, pirates and traders from medieval Scandinavia

FIVE THINGS YOU (PROBABLY) DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT...The Vikings

4 mins

THE GREAT WHEELBARROW CRAZE

In 1886, the nation was gripped by a bizarre trend that saw plucky Britons racing wheelbarrows across the country. David Musgrove takes up this strange-but-true story

THE GREAT WHEELBARROW CRAZE

8 mins

Lisbon in five places

From Roman colony to imperial epicentre, Portugal's capital has played many roles. BARRY HATTON highlights five sites that reveal the city's past and present glories

Lisbon in five places

3 mins

SISTERS AT WAR

By the end of her reign, Mary I's relationship with her half-sister and successor, Elizabeth, was at an all-time low. But had the Tudor siblings always been such bitter enemies? Nicola Tallis reveals how the duo's bond was both broken and strengthened by events beyond their control

SISTERS AT WAR

9 mins

WHO SHOT JFK? WAS ELIZABETH I A MAN? DID ALIENS LAND AT ROSWELL?

Rob Attar investigates the enduring power of conspiracy theories

WHO SHOT JFK? WAS ELIZABETH I A MAN? DID ALIENS LAND AT ROSWELL?

10 mins

THE ANCIENT WORLD'S GREATEST CITY

When Alexander the Great founded a settlement at the junction of three continents in 331 BC, he created a metropolitan powerhouse that would shape global history. Islam Issa hails the genius of ancient Alexandria

THE ANCIENT WORLD'S GREATEST CITY

10 mins

KNIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

From the heroic glamour of Henry V to the heady nationalism of Braveheart, the medieval era has proven a rich source of material for film directors. Robert Bartlett charts Hollywood's long obsession with the Middle Ages

KNIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

10+ mins

A Christmas feast

serves up festive classic favourites that graced dining tables during three eras of British history

A Christmas feast

5 mins

Walter Cowan Britain's oldest commando

For some servicemen hardened by a long military career, death in battle is preferable to simply fading away in old age. Tells the story of one such man, a retired naval officer who leapt bravely back into the fray during the Second World War at the age of 70

Walter Cowan Britain's oldest commando

6 mins

The queen behind the veil

Matilda of Scotland, wife of Henry I, did perhaps more than any other figure to bridge the chasm between the Anglo-Saxons and their Norman conquerors.  So why, asks has she been written out of history?

The queen behind the veil

7 mins

THE MANY FACES OF NAPOLEON

As a major new film explores the life of the French emperor, Matt Elton asks historians Laura O'Brien and David Andress how we can make sense of the diverse and contradictory aspects of Napoleon's character and career

THE MANY FACES OF NAPOLEON

10+ mins

THE RACE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

In 1969, everyone from Prince Michael of Kent to Billy Butlin competed in a dash between London and New York aboard tandems, sedan chairs and jump jets recalls a madcap forerunner of Race Across the World

THE RACE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

7 mins

The long death of the Roman republic

Julius Caesar’s murder is often seen as the event that ushered in the age of emperors. Yet structural weaknesses had plagued Rome’s republic long before his death

The long death of the Roman republic

10 mins

"People like to tell themselves that the origins of American independence were non-violent.But it's not true"

The Boston Tea Party is often cited as a model of peaceful civil protest. But, as reveals, on the 250th anniversary of this milestone in America's foundational story, it occurred against a backdrop of bloodshed

"People like to tell themselves that the origins of American independence were non-violent.But it's not true"

10+ mins

Up to 100 million Chinese became refugees in their own country

IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR A JAPANESE SOLDIER needing a toilet break in July 1937, things could have been so different.

Up to 100 million Chinese became refugees in their own country

3 mins

It is one of the most fascinating shows that I have ever seen

I’VE JUST RETURNED FROM A TRIP TO NEW YORK.

It is one of the most fascinating shows that I have ever seen

3 mins

Hard times: what centuries of cost-of-living crises reveal

As prices have soared in recent months, living costs have outstripped many incomes in the UK.

Hard times: what centuries of cost-of-living crises reveal

5 mins

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BBC History UK Magazine Description:

PublisherImmediate Media

CategoryEducation

LanguageEnglish

FrequencyMonthly

BBC History Magazine is Britain’s bestselling history magazine devoted to history enthusiasts of all levels of knowledge and interest. Published 13 times a year, BBC History Magazine brings history to life with informative, lively and entertaining features written by the world’s leading historians and journalists. Whether it is the history of our politics and institutions, or the fascinating stories of our private lives through the ages, BBC History Magazine sheds new light on the past and helps make more sense of today’s world.Covering the latest new developments in history and archaeology from Britain and around the world, the latest, most thought provoking historical research and strong links with TV and radio programming maximizing use of BBC’s existing expertise in the genre.

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