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BBC History Magazine July 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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1 min.
welcome

“ The historical milestones we mark each year are frequently connected to the wars that dominate popular history. In 2020, however, there’s been an outbreak of peace. May saw the 600th anniversary of Henry V’s Treaty of Troyes and 75 years since VE Day. And now we reach the 500th anniversary of the most magnificent peace of them all: the Field of the Cloth of Gold. As Glenn Richardson reveals in this month’s cover feature, Henry VIII’s summit with French king Francis I was truly extraordinary, not just in the lavish feasting – where 30,000 fish were served – but also in the ways the kings sought to convert their warrior instincts into competitive diplomacy. Find out more on page 20. With much of the UK in lockdown, and schools largely closed,…

1 min.
this issue’s contributors

Grace Huxford Modern conflicts reverberate all around the world, and often in the most unexpected places. This underpins my social historical research on the Korean War. Grace explores the social history of the Korean War in Britain, on page 46 Glenn Richardson The Field of the Cloth of Gold is an extraordinary event that has intrigued me for many years as a student of Renaissance monarchy. It offers us a unique insight into how kingship worked in the 16th century. Glenn tells the remarkable story of the Field of the Cloth of Gold on page 20 Helen McCarthy As a professional historian and mother, I was fascinated to explore how women juggled wage-earning and childcare in the past, and to consider how much things have changed – or not. Helen chronicles the huge challenges that have faced working…

1 min.
days gone by

This striking bronze astrolabe was likely made in late 13th-century England, and would have been used to calculate when saints’ days fell in the calendar. It’s among 280,000 images of artefacts held at the British Museum that are newly available to view in high definition online, spanning continents and centuries. The update, announced ahead of schedule to coincide with the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, brings the total number of such images to almost 2 million. To browse the collection and find out more, visit britishmuseum.org/collection…

2 min.
lockdown lessons

Lockdown learning has dominated the lives of many over the past few months, with courses suddenly moved from lecture halls to the kitchens and living rooms of academics who were required to hastily tidy up – until they realised they could blur their video-chat backgrounds! It has been a learning experience for all. And, with a new academic year on the horizon, the prospect of how and where history teaching might be delivered has raised all kinds of questions, not least over the ‘value’ of online education. One student, Kayleigh Murray (@kayleighmurray_), tweeted the view of many: “We pay £9.25k for an online course where access to campus and other facilities is just ‘an added bonus’? I don’t think so.” The UK’s minister of state for universities, Michelle Donelan (@michelledonelan), was…

1 min.
textbook reveals role of medieval franglais

The ways in which French continued to be spoken in medieval England at least 300 years after the Norman conquest are set to be explored in a new study. The research, by a team from the University of Exeter, will examine the linguistic legacy of the 1066 Norman invasion across the following centuries. It’s thought that, by 1300, as many as one in five people spoke both English and Anglo-French, with the latter becoming the language of court. This meant that it was deemed invaluable for professional success in fields as diverse as law, commerce and literature. Key information about the use and spread of the language comes from the Tretiz , a 13th-century textbook created to help bilingual children brush up on their skills. Its rhyming couplets span topics from birth…

3 min.
history in the news

Prague confirms graves misuse Work to renovate Prague’s tourist district has uncovered paving stones made from Jewish headstones, confirming suspicions that the nation’s former communist regime looted graveyards for building materials. The practice took place at sites including the landmark Wenceslas Square, which was repaved in 1987 to coincide with a visit by then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Thanks to a long campaign by Leo Pavlát, director of the city’s Jewish Museum, the fragments will now be given to Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery. Pompeii study suggests another Roman first: recycling Before it was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, the city of Pompeii was characterised by its villas, amphitheatre and elegant squares. Just beyond its walls, however, lay a very different sight: piles of rubbish. Until now, researchers thought these mounds…