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BBC History Magazine April 2021

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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.

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welcome

“It was 300 years ago this month that King George I appointed Robert Walpole as First Lord of the Treasury and chancellor of the Exchequer – positions he would retain for more than 20 years. Historians now see this as the beginnings of the office of prime minister, and Walpole as the first in a long line of incumbents stretching forward until Boris Johnson today. On the 300th anniversary of Walpole’s appointment, we’ve asked a group of political historians to compile a list of the 10 most accomplished prime ministers so far – you’ll End their choices on page 28. No doubt you’ll have your own views about this selection, so please do write in with your thoughts. While Walpole began a political dynasty, this month’s cover star saw hers come…

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this issue’s contributors

Alan Lester I co-wrote Ruling the World as Black Lives Matter protesters were highlighting the British empire’s racism. I wanted to see what the ideals of the men who actually governed the empire were. Alan tells the story of the men who ran the British empire on page 42 Joyce Tyldesley Cleopatra was the acceptable enemy who allowed Octavian to eliminate his rival Mark Antony. I am fascinated by the effect that her actions had on the development of the Roman empire. Joyce chronicles Cleopatra’s entanglements with three leading Romans on page 20 Shrabani Basu I love hidden stories about Asians in Britain through history – that’s what I do as a journalist. And I’m also a great Arthur Conan Doyle fan. This strange criminal case brought both of those strands together. Shrabani discusses a miscarriage of justice…

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more from us

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this month in history

EYE-OPENER Heritage at risk This ancient illustrated Bible, featuring lavish depictions of sacred scenes and written in the Amharic language, is stored in the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in the Ethiopian city of Aksum. It’s among the artefacts at risk as war continues to rage throughout the Tigray region, in the north of the country. The conflict, between the regional government and federal troops, began in November. Shelling has taken place in towns and cities elsewhere in the region, including Mekelle, Humera and Shire. In February, international non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch reported forces heading towards Aksum. The town is also of particular interest as the rumoured home of the Ark of the Covenant – the wooden casket said to hold the stone tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were inscribed.…

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hidden in plain sight?

Sometimes a Twitter user will pose a question that goes on to strike a chord with fellow social networkers. So it proved when Leeds Museums curator Lucy Moore (@curatorlucy) asked: “Pals. I hate the term ‘hidden histories’ increasingly and would much prefer ‘stories we discriminate(d) against… I bet I’m not alone? Or… is it good? Am I grumpy?” Among those sharing their thoughts was Alice A Procter (@aaprocter), who tweeted that “I have had so many rants about this. I’ve generally settled on ‘excluded’ rather than ‘hidden’.” Natalie Harrower (@natalieharrower) also favoured “excluded”, “as in ‘excluded from dominant narratives’”, while “marginalised voices” was the term that Georgia Grainger (@sniphist) used in her work on oral and feminist history. While agreeing, Ewan (@ewandwhoelse) made the interesting point that “the problem with using…

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stonehenge “first erected in wales”

From the origin of its massive standing stones to plans to construct a road near its site in Wiltshire, Stonehenge has repeatedly made headlines in recent months. Now a new discovery has raised a question linked to both of those issues – was the ancient stone circle, in fact, originally built somewhere else? That’s the suggestion of a team of archaeologists working at a site in the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales. They have uncovered the remains of a huge stone circle whose diameter – 110 metres – is exactly the same as that of the ditch surrounding Stonehenge. And that’s not all: the Waun Mawn circle is also aligned to frame the sunrise on the midsummer solstice, and a hole at the site matches the unusual cross-section of one of…