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BBC History Magazine

BBC History Magazine May 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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United Kingdom
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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Monthly
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1 min.
welcome

Seventy-five years ago this month, Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies, bringing to a close the European war. VE Day witnessed an outpouring of joy across the UK, although emotions were mixed as many were reminded of the sacrifices that had been made and the uncertain future that awaited. In this month’s VE Day special supplement, we explore the moment of victory from several perspectives. What were the most crucial factors in Allied victory? How were the final months of battle experienced across the continent? And, what did it mean for Britain to fight a war whose conclusion was so hard to predict? Plus, relive the moment of victory itself, told through the voices of soldiers and civilians who experienced it. If May 1945 was a time of uncertainty, then so, of…

1 min.
this issue’s contributors

Linda Porter Of course Charles II wasn’t the first monarch to have had mistresses, but his tally far outweighs that of Henry VIII, for example, as does his tally of children. You have to hand it to him: he really didn’t care what people thought. Linda discusses Charles II’s mistresses on page 52 David Nash My research into irrationality after the First World War has revealed that manners, behaviour, belief and culture were questioned by the populace at large, with some surprising results. David charts the allure of spiritualism following the First World War on page 39 Catherine Rider Reading the King Arthur stories as a child sparked my fascination with medieval magic. I’m particularly interested in how beliefs about magic that often seem outlandish to modern eyes made sense to medieval people. Catherine chronicles the medieval obsession…

1 min.
miniature marvels

An 18th-century dolls’ house has returned to the country mansion that inspired its creation following a £100,000 restoration project. The artefact, modelled on Nostell Priory in West Yorkshire, was repaired by specialists from the National Trust’s conservation studio. As well as cleaning the house’s intricate figures and furniture, experts also uncovered several hidden features, including a servants’ bell. The restored dolls’ house was unveiled in March, but the Nostell estate has since closed along with the rest of the Trust’s properties due to the coronavirus pandemic. Have a story? Please email Jon Bauckham at jon.bauckham@immediate.co.uk…

2 min.
early modern time travels

In the midst of the great global challenges of the present, sometimes pondering the past offers welcome relief, if not its own controversy. And so, when Eleanor Rycroft (@EarlyModernista) asked: “What’s your favourite year of the 16th or 17th century and why?”, Twitter keenly went time travelling. Greg Walker (@gregmw4), who has written widely on Tudor literary culture, was quick off the mark, writing: “1529... The year in which it all kicked off – and [John] Heywood wrote three plays about it all.” Soon afterwards, Andrea Zuvich (@17thCenturyLady), whose Twitter handle clearly demonstrates a strong early modern bias, declared that her favourite year was 1677 due to the “fabulous fashion, good music, good theatre” and the royal wedding of William of Orange and Princess Mary. Some suggestions were perhaps unsurprising, with Linda Porter…

1 min.
saint’s bones found inside kent church

Skeletal remains found hidden inside a Folkestone parish church “almost certainly” belonged to the town’s patron saint, experts have confirmed. Following months of analysis, archaeologists are now confident that bones from the church of St Mary & St Eanswythe are those of St Ean- swythe herself – an Anglo-Saxon princess who established one of England’s first monastic communities. As well as belonging to a young woman who died in the seventh century, the results also indicate that the deceased enjoyed a diet typically eaten by someone of high status. The bones were first discovered inside the north wall of the church in 1885, presumably having been hidden to avoid the widespread destruction of relics during the Reformation. However, suspicions that the bones were medieval fakes persisted for more than a century, leading to the…

3 min.
history in the news

HS2 uncovers railway relic Archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be the remains of the world’s first railway roundhouse in Birmingham. The buried remnants, including the central turntable, inspection pits and exterior wall, were discovered near the site of the city’s former Curzon Street station, which is being rebuilt as a terminus for the HS2 network. Experts say that the roundhouse – designed by railway pioneer Robert Stephenson – was first brought into operation in 1837, before being demolished later in the 19th century. Vatican opens archives of Holocaust-era pope The archives of controversial wartime pope Pius XII have been made publicly available for the first time. Spanning approximately 16 million pages, the vast cache of letters and documents was opened to researchers on 2 March, a year after the move was first…