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BBC History Magazine

BBC History Magazine April 2020

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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Monthly
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en este número

1 min.
welcome

Early last year we received an unusual request. The producers of the next James Bond film wanted permission to include a copy of our August 2008 issue in one of the scenes of No Time to Die. At the time of writing I don’t know whether we’ve made the cut, but if you do happen to be heading to the cinema soon, there’s a chance you’ll spy your favourite history magazine – hopefully not in the hands of a diabolical villain. Even if we’re not in the film, there’s still plenty of history to be found in the James Bond story and on page 41 of this month’s magazine, Henry Hemming reveals the true-life inspirations behind Ian Fleming’s most memorable characters. Another character returning this month is Thomas Cromwell, with the…

1 min.
this issue’s contributors

Henry Hemming I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between real spies and their fictional- ised counterparts, and in particular the world of espionage that produced James Bond. Henry shows how Ian Fleming drew inspiration from wartime spies to create Bond Pamela Roberts I was once told that many black people choose not to study at the University of Oxford. This ignited my interest into those that have, and led to my research into the university’s first ever black student, Christian Frederick Cole. Pamela charts Christian Cole’s amazing life Greg Jenner Celebrity culture doesn’t just titillate and entertain us, it also sets the agenda for what we think is important to discuss, and glues us together. Greg chats about some of the research for his new history of celebrities * Save 67% offer is available only to UK Direct…

1 min.
sitting pretty in china

The early works of a pioneering Chinese photographer have gone on public display for the first time. The Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, New York, is exhibiting nearly 50 photographs by Lai Fong (c1839–90), who founded one of the most influential studios in China during the late 19th century. This image, dating from the 1870s, shows two actors wearing costumes associated with Peking opera – an art form combining music, mime and dance. For more information, visit museum.cornell.edu Have a story? Please email Jon Bauckham at jon.bauckham@immediate.co.uk…

2 min.
sources of inspiration

Historians can be rather easily distracted, and they readily responded when James Palmer (@Jamespqr77) tweeted: “Tell me a scholar from a previous generation or an earlier era, one you never met when they were alive, but whose work became so important to you that you nevertheless feel a connection with them.” What followed was an incredibly interesting insight into what it is that makes a historian influential beyond the time and field within which they were writing. Of the many names, one that frequently cropped up was that of French historian Marc Bloch. As Sara Georgini (@sarageorgini) put it: “Reading Feudal Society completely shaped how I approach the many ideas, peoples, and cultures of vast early America. I’m incredibly grateful to medievalists like Bloch and Henry Adams for their reimagining of primary…

1 min.
secret passage found in commons

A 360-year-old passageway used by luminaries including Samuel Pepys, William Pitt the Younger and Robert Walpole has been uncovered inside the House of Commons. For 70 years, the entrance was concealed behind wooden panelling, and historians believed it had been filled in during repairs to Second World War bomb damage. But after researching the building’s original plans, historian Dr Liz Hallam Smith detected a concealed door in the panelling of a cloister. “We realised there was a tiny brass keyhole that no one had really noticed before, believing it might just be an electricity cupboard,” she said. Her team prised open the door to reveal a tiny stone-floored chamber and bricked-up doorway. The passageway was created in 1660 for the coronation of Charles II, to allow guests to proceed to a banquet next…

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a good month for...

NAVAL HISTORY The mastermind behind the evacuation of Dunkirk is to be honoured with a new museum. Scottish Borders Council has approved plans for a garden store at the Coldstream home of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay (above) to be converted into an attraction exploring his life. ROMAN VILLAS The remains of a recently discovered Roman villa have been saved after 6,000 people signed a petition to stop them being damaged by developers. Bovis Homes has agreed to ‘replan’ its new estate in Cam, Gloucestershire so the remains are not covered by housing.…