BBC History Magazine

BBC History Magazine February 2020

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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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“ ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.’ Elizabeth I’s speech at Tilbury, in the face of the Spanish navy, is one of the best-known episodes in English history. But, as with so many other events that dominate our national narrative, has the true story of the Armada been overshadowed by legend? In this month’s cover feature, on page 50, Lucy Worsley sinks some of the abiding myths of the ‘miracle’ of 1588. This issue is published a few days before the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a symbolic moment whose date now serves as the annual commemoration of the Holocaust. The BBC is marking the milestone…

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this issue’s contributors

Brian Fagan The Little Ice Age fascinates me as a vignette of people adapting to constantly changing climate conditions over several centuries. And they had no weather forecasts, nor central heating either! Brian reveals how the lives of Britons were transformed by the Little Ice Age on page 20 Stella Tillyard George IV has endured a terrible press since he acceded to the throne 200 years ago. Yet, as my latest book on the king reveals, he had strengths as well as those well-documented weaknesses. Stella brings the two, contrasting sides of George IV to life on page 34 Sundari Anitha Tired of encountering stereotypes of south Asian women as passive and domesticated, Ruth Pearson and I researched their historic contributions to the struggles for workers’ rights in the UK. Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson tell the story…

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bovine inspiration

A cave painting on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi could be the earliest figurative artwork ever discovered. Writing in the journal Nature, archaeologists from Griffith Universi- ty in Australia claim that the image – which depicts a buffalo being hunted by figures with spears (above) – is 44,000 years old. The painting forms part of a 5-metre-wide panel in a cave named Leang Bulu’Sipong 4, but it is not yet clear whether all the images in the panel were painted at different times or if they form a coherent story. Have a story? Please email Jon Bauckham at jon.bauckham@immediate.co.uk…

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back in time for dinner

It’s always fascinating when historians pose questions on Twitter, so when Janina Ramirez (@DrJaninaRamirez) asked her followers who their ideal historical dinner party guest would be, people gladly obliged. In doing so, they perhaps revealed as much about themselves and their own interests as about their guests. Kicking off the conversation, architectural historian Jonathan Foyle (@JonathanFoyle) had a very specific man in mind. “George Shaw of Uppermill,” he declared, in reference to the Victorian antiquarian who unwittingly purchased a four-poster once owned by Henry VII. “I want to ask him which house he went to near Huddersfield in 1842 to inspect a dilapidated old bed.” Looking to more famous historical figures, Alice Roberts (@theAliceRoberts) selected the English fossil collector, dealer and palaeontologist Mary Anning, while Sharon Bennett Connolly (@Thehistorybits) picked medieval landowner…

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ireland to ‘rebuild’ lost archive

A huge archive of historic records destroyed during the Irish Civil War is to be digitally recreated thanks to a new virtual reality project. Supported by a €2.5m (£2.1m) grant from the Irish government, the ‘Beyond 2022’ initiative aims to build a 3D replica of the former Public Record Office in Dublin, which was set ablaze during fighting on 30 June 1922. Due to be unveiled on the centenary of the fire in 2022, the digital model will enable researchers to access thousands of ‘lost’ records, pieced together using duplicates and transcripts of material scattered across the globe. Highlights among the resurrected collections will include English state papers relating to the governance of Ireland dating back to the 13th century, plus two religious censuses listing people’s faiths in 1740 and 1766. Already, more than…

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a good month for...

LAVATORY HISTORY An 83-year-old toilet roll (above) has been voted ‘Object of the Year’ by Hertfordshire residents. The unusual artefact, from the Garden City Collection in Letchworth, beat 10 other items to win the accolade at the Hertfordshire Association of Museums Awards 2019. CHEWING GUM Scientists have created a genetic portrait of a woman who lived nearly 6,000 years ago thanks to a piece of Neolithic ‘chewing gum’ found in Denmark. DNA and food fragments preserved in the birch tar reveals she had dark hair and blue eyes and had eaten a meal of duck and hazelnuts.…