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BBC History Magazine Christmas 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.
christmas 2020

“When historians of the future come to write about the early 21st century, I expect they’ll devote quite a few pages to 2020. A year that began with forest fires in Australia and the ongoing rumble of Brexit negotiations has since been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. But what do today’s historians make of all this? To find out, we’ve convened a panel of experts to examine the historical underpinnings and significance of these and other major events of the past 12 months. Turn to page 50 for that, and do please write in to let us know your thoughts. One historical parallel frequently cited in regard to Covid-19 is how Britain coped during the Blitz. And we shouldn’t be surprised to see this comparison…

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this issue’s contributors

Guy de la Bédoyère The army was everywhere in the Roman world, but there was far more to it than fighting and guarding the frontiers. It encapsulated the whole Roman experience. Guy explores what life was like for soldiers in the Roman army on page 32 Marianne Czisnik Studying the relationship between Nelson and Lady Hamilton through their own words, I have been able to discover a wealth of human experience from passionate love to revolutionary politics. Marianne examines Nelson’s love letters to find the man behind the myth on page 66 Matt Lewis Richard III is often portrayed springing into life in 1483 bent on taking the throne, yet he was 30, and his life to that point paints a very different picture of the man. Matt argues Richard III was a champion of the common people…

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this month in history

EYE-OPENER Big cat Etched into a desert hillside in southern Peru, this huge image of a cat – measuring approximately 37 metres in length – may not seem inconspicuous, but it has remained hidden until now thanks to the angle at which it was drawn and the effects of erosion. It’s the most recent of a series of drawings to have been discovered dotting the Peruvian desert, and is thought to date from between 500 BC and AD 200. Known as the Nazca Lines, these designs, or geoglyphs, resemble animals and geometric patterns. They were created by making depressions and incisions in the ground, and by removing rocks and pebbles to expose the coloured earth beneath. This feline figure is near to other designs – it was first spotted during work to create a…

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talking points hooked on history

As lovers of history, it’s always interesting to reflect on when and how the passion grabbed us. Janina Ramirez (@DrJaninaRamirez) asked Twitter: “When did you realise that the present and future only made sense alongside the past?” For Janina, it was “aged seven, in Hampton Court Palace”. As she describes vividly: “I walked over a threshold passed by thousands before me & felt time slip before me.” For Jonathan Foyle (@JonathanFoyle), it was “finding coins in the soil of a field: one of Diocletian c300, one William and Mary c1690. Such similar copper discs, over a millennium – but only three yards apart.” Phillipa Vincent-Connolly (@PhillipaJC) tweeted: “My grandparents taking me to National Trust properties within an hour’s drive of Wimborne [in Dorset]. Wondering why I wasn’t born into nobility when…

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bletchley park’s war role ‘over-rated’

It’s become synonymous with Britain’s success in the Second World War, its role memorably depicted in films such as 2001’s Enigma and 2014’s The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Yet the codebreaking centre set up at the Buckinghamshire estate of Bletchley Park may not have been as crucial to the Allied victory as commonly thought, a new official history of UK spy agency GCHQ argues. Its author, John Ferris, a historian at the University of Calgary, was given extensive access to Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) records in order to research Behind the Enigma, published by Bloomsbury in October. Exploring the development of the organisation from its inception in 1919 through to the 21st century, Ferris argues that a “cult of Bletchley” has obscured the reality of its Second World War contributions.…