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BBC History MagazineBBC History Magazine

BBC History Magazine

Christmas 2019

BBC History Magazine aims to shed new light on the past to help you make more sense of the world today. Fascinating stories from contributors are the leading experts in their fields, so whether they're exploring Ancient Egypt, Tudor England or the Second World War, you'll be reading the latest, most thought-provoking historical research. BBC History Magazine brings history to life with informative, lively and entertaining features written by the world's leading historians and journalists and is a captivating read for anyone who's interested in the past.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
welcome

“ Britain’s history is often divided into neat sections, separated by dates such as 1485 or 1901, when people apparently decided to stop being medieval or Victorian and embrace the new way of things. One of the most dramatic junctures is AD 410, traditionally seen as the end of the Roman era and the start of what was once widely known as ‘the Dark Ages’. But, as with all such dates, the reality was rather more complex. In our cover feature, Will Bowden considers what really happened when the legions departed. You’ll find that on page 20. There is complexity too in the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine – the medieval queen consort whose remarkable life has inspired numerous legends: serial adulterer, scheming rebel, and 12th-century superwoman, to name just a…

1 min.
this issue’s contributors

Will Bowden Although, as an archaeologist, I’ve dug on a number of sites across the Mediterranean, I’m still always drawn back to this small island on the very edge of the Roman empire. Will explores what happened in Britain as Roman rule collapsed and the legions left on page 20 Sara Cockerill While I was writing about Eleanor of Aquitaine for this issue, I was surprised to keep finding other women exercising real power during the Middle Ages – none of whom have anything like Eleanor’s profile. Sara busts some of the myths surrounding the ‘medieval superwoman’ on page 34 Caitlin Green The evidence for long-distance travel and trade in the Middle Ages is fascinating, and the establishment of a ‘New England’ on the Black Sea by exiles fleeing the Norman conquest is a great example of…

1 min.
precious metals

The largest-ever Bronze Age hoard discovered in London is to go on public display next year. Unearthed on a building site in Havering in 2018, the collection of 453 artefacts – including axe heads and fragments of swords – will be exhibited at the Museum of London Docklands from April. Due to the way in which the weapons were buried together in close groups, archaeologists believe the site was a metal workers’ vault or an armoury ‘recycling bank’. Have a story? Please email Jon Bauckham at jon.bauckham@immediate.co.uk…

2 min.
reasons to be cheerful?

Wherever we stand on the political debates that are currently consuming our national consciousness, we can all agree that historians of the future won’t look back and conclude that we are living through halcyon days. Yet perhaps those living in Victorian Britain might have thought something similar. Or perhaps they would have had a much brighter outlook. That’s certainly the claim of a new study reported in The Times in October. The headline was stark: “Victorian times were happiest, study of the national mood finds.” Researchers from the universities of Warwick and Glasgow and the Alan Turing Institute tracked the nation’s happiness by analysing the tone of the language used in millions of titles contained in the Google Books corpus. From this, they concluded that, despite the era being noted for…

1 min.
women writers were overlooked

The birth of women’s literary culture in England occurred several centuries earlier than traditionally believed, claims a University of Surrey academic. A research project led by Professor Diane Watt has found that women’s monasteries were responsible for producing important religious texts, letters and poetry as far back as the seventh century – around 700 years before the likes of literary pioneers such as Julian of Norwich, born in 1342. As part of the project, supported by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, Professor Watt studied rare sources held in libraries across Europe, including a copy of an eighth-century hagiography of St Gregory. Although the text has previously been attributed to an anonymous monk from Whitby, Watt’s research indicates that it was actually written by a community of nuns residing at the same ‘double…

1 min.
a good month for...

MEDIEVAL SCOTS The face of a medieval man whose remains were among 60 skeletons found during work on Aberdeen Art Gallery in 2015 has been digitally recreated (above). Experts say that the individual, who died around 600 years ago, had extensive dental disease. NAVAL HISTORIANS A hand-drawn map by Lord Nelson detailing his plans to defeat the Spanish and French navies at the battle of Trafalgar has been discovered inside an old scrapbook. The sketch, dated 5 September 1805, has been donated to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.…