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BBC History Magazine

BBC History Magazine

May 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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en este número

1 min.
welcome

“Who were the rebels of 1381? Though the uprising is popularly known as the Peasants’ Revolt, historians have long been aware that it encompassed a broader swathe of the population than just rural labourers. Now, a new research project has revealed that a sizeable proportion of the rebels had a military background. In their cover feature, on page 20, the project team consider how their evidence should change our understanding of one of the defining events of England’s medieval history. One of the defining events of recent years has been Britain’s departure from the European Union, and plans have long been afoot to mark the occasion with a Festival of Brexit. What this will entail remains somewhat unclear, but the organisers might well take inspiration from another great national celebration: the…

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this issue’s contributors

Nathen Amin Henry VII came to the throne an unknown, and fought throughout his reign to keep hold of the crown he had usurped. If he had failed, there would have been no Henry VIII or Elizabeth I. Nathen looks at Henry VII’s battles with rival claimants to his throne on page 36 Helen Carr John of Gaunt was a man central to English and European politics in the 14th century. He was at the very forefront of the dynastic ambitions of the Plantagenets. Helen chronicles John of Gaunt’s audacious bid to seize the throne of Castile on page 63 Harriet Atkinson I became interested in the Festival of Britain in the year 2000, when people regularly drew comparisons with the newly opened Millennium Dome, and I started to question why governments back mega cultural projects like…

1 min.
more from us

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this month in history

EYE-OPENER Computer reboot This 3D rendering depicts a 2,000-year-old device, complete with an intricate gear system, which is thought to be the world’s oldest analogue “computer”. The Antikythera Mechanism was first unearthed in a shipwreck in 1901 and is named after the Greek island off whose coast it was found. It has long been known that the device was used to predict eclipses and the paths of astral bodies, but the new virtual reconstruction has offered fresh insights into how it worked. Experts at University College London studied the work of previous scholars and inscriptions on the 34cm-high “computer” to piece together more than 80 separate fragments of the device. Although previous attempts to recreate the artefact have failed, partly due to the fact that around two-thirds of its mechanism is missing, researchers…

2 min.
unlocking history

Historian and TV presenter Dan Snow (@the historyguy) recently turned to Twitter with a request. “I have been asked to recommend history books for prisoners in the UK,” he wrote. “Can you recommend please?” The resulting conversation yielded an interesting mix of suggestions well worth a read for anyone. Nigel Baker (@NigelMBaker1) suggested children’s historical novelist Ronald Welch. “His books cover a broad period of history, include saints and sinners, are well written and you can learn a lot,” he wrote. Philip (@ HArrisonPE) added: “Tom Holland is fairly accessible. James Hawes’ The Shortest History of Germany is good too. Stephen Fry’s Greek mythology series is great.” Nikki Carter (@CartnerNI) offered the perspective of a history teacher, noting that “My students find Robert Service, Simon Sebag Montefiore and Simon Schama accessible. The…

1 min.
diary chronicles birth of spy pact

Documents charting the origins of a Cold War intelligence pact between Britain and the USA have been released for the first time. The records detail wartime meetings between US and British officials at Bletchley Park, which led to the signing of the “UKUSA deal” in March 1946. That deal itself eventually evolved into the “Five Eyes” pact between the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – which remains in force to this day. The documents, released by Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to mark the 75th anniversary of the UKUSA deal, include diary entries written by Alastair Denniston, then head of codebreaking site Bletchley Park. One entry from February 1941 – “The Ys are coming!” – indicated that he was preparing to welcome the first delegation of American, or “Yankee”, codebreakers…