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History Revealed

History Revealed

March 2020

History Revealed brings the past to life for everyone. It’s an action-packed, image-rich magazine with zero stuffiness. Each issue has a central section that takes a closer look at one of history’s big stories, such as the Wild West or Ancient Rome, telling everything you need to know. We also explore the lives of the truly famous, follow the great adventures of the past, taste the blood and thunder of battles, and look at how closely Hollywood blockbusters have told history. Plus, we answer questions about some of the more surprising and strange aspects of the past. If you want to get into history, subscribe today.

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12 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
welcome march 2020

The Black Death is one of the most well-known – and certainly one of the deadliest – diseases to have ever affected humankind. Its rapid spread wiped out around half of Europe’s population, and its name has become synonymous with the medieval period. But the dangers of the Middle Ages didn’t begin and end with the Black Death. As we explore in this month’s cover feature, there were a multitude of diseases, infections and medical conditions that could end your life, with little in the way of cures. Read more from page 26. Elsewhere, we head to Brussels for the Duchess of Richmond’s ball – the lavish soirée of 1815, which saw guests ditch their dancing shoes and march off to fight Napoleon (p52). And we explore another bloody clash from…

1 min.

1933 MILES AHEAD Kitty Brunell triumphs in the second ever Royal Automobile Club (RAC) motor rally, celebrating with her crew at the finish in Hastings, Kent. The daughter of a motorsports photographer, Kitty first got behind the wheel at the age of 17 and had been a rallying regular for a few years before racing to victory in an AC Ace. Now known as the Wales Rally of Great Britain, the largest motor rally in Britain has been held every year since 1933, except during World War II, the Suez Crisis of 1957 and an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 1967. Brunell remains the rally's only female winner. 1909 MELODIC MENAGERIE It has been an intriguing question for many years: what effect does music have on animals? In 1909, in an attempt to…

4 min.
things we learned this month....

NEWPORT SHIP COULD RIVAL THE MARY ROSE A 15th-century ship, found near Newport, is thought to be Wales’s answer to the Mary Rose. Found in a riverbank in 2002, it’s now nearing the end of a lengthy restoration, and plans are afoot to reassemble it and create a museum. The ship is believed to have been built in the Basque region of Spain in around 1449. Like the 16th-century Mary Rose in Portsmouth and the 17th-century Vasa in Sweden, it’s hoped that this will become the world’s most important 15th-century vessel. IDENTIFIED AFTER 40 YEARS In 1979, the headless torso of an unknown man was found in a cave in Idaho. The arms and legs turned up a few years later, but the man still couldn’t be identified – until now. After tracing…

3 min.
henry viii impersonator

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE HENRY VIII? Because I look like this! I tried being George Clooney, but I starved. When I first started in 2004 my beard was incredibly red, and I have to say I did look just like the famous Holbein painting when I was fully “togged up”. My beard is mostly white now, but I still think I am one of the most facially accurate Henrys around. HOW DID YOU START OUT AS AN IMPERSONATOR? Some friends were doing living history days in schools, offering Vikings or Romans. But everywhere they went they were asked if they knew anyone who looked like Henry VIII who could do a Tudor Day. They nagged me, and I initially said “no”, but eventually I agreed. I did my first day in June 2004…

3 min.
the rillington place strangler faces justice

After ten years of murder and at least eight victims – including an infant and his own wife – the infamous Rillington Place Strangler, John Christie, is arrested and charged. John Reginald Christie was a quietly spoken man, born in Yorkshire in 1899. In 1920, he married Ethel Simpson, but they separated four years later, and Christie moved to London. Christie was in and out of prison for the next decade for violent assault and theft, but eventually reunited with Ethel and, in 1937 or 1938, the couple moved to the ground floor flat of 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill. At the start of World War II, Christie became a special constable with the police; his criminal record wasn’t checked. Christie’s first victim was 21-year-old Ruth Fuerst from Austria. Christie invited…

4 min.
the eiffel tower is completed

On 31 March 1889, after two years, two months and five days of construction the world welcomed the newest addition to the Paris skyline: the Eiffel Tower. Its creator, Gustave Eiffel, unfurled the Tricolore on the third level, signalling that the wrought-iron edifice was now open. Lit by 10,000 gas lamps, it was a spectacle unlike anything the world had seen before; today it is one of the most visited monuments on Earth, welcoming almost seven million people every year. Out of 107 proposed designs, Eiffel’s tower was chosen to represent the 1889 World’s Fair (the Exposition Universelle), and commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. The fair was to be a showcase of technology and innovation, and it was suggested that a suitably awe-inducing structure be built to demonstrate French…