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BBC History Magazine July 2019

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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welcome

It was one of the most radical rebellions in European history. In the mid-13th century a group of noblemen, led by Simon de Montfort, took control of England, held King Henry III captive, and introduced dramatic reforms including, most famously, a representative parliament. In this month’s cover feature, historian Sophie Thérèse Ambler revisits this medieval revolution and the bloody conflict that accompanied it, arguing that this was a holy war, inspired by the zeal and brutality of the crusades. You’ll find her piece on page 24. Revolution was also in the air 100 years ago this month, as Britain – and indeed many other countries – struggled to cope with the aftermath of the First World War. In the Red Summer of 1919 the UK was beset with race riots, strikes and…

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this issue’s contributors

AC Grayling We’ve lost momentum in considering questions such as how we think about things like death and love. I hope that getting people interested in the larger story of philosophy will bring those questions back into focus. AG Grayling discusses his new book on the history of philosophy, on page 70 Sophie Thérèse Ambler My research investigates the relationship between politics, war and faith in the Middle Ages – including England’s first revolution, when Simon de Montfort seized power from the king. Sophie tells the story of the barons’ revolt against Henry III, on page 24 Leanda de Lisle Charles I was born into an era of regicide, with fanatics claiming the right to kill rulers of the wrong religion. When Charles lost the argument against this, he also lost his head. Leanda chronicles the events that…

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what lies beneath

Dozens of Anglo-Saxon treasures found inside a burial chamber hailed as the “UK’s equivalent of Tutankhamun’s tomb” have gone on public display. The seventh-century artefacts, including this glass beaker, were unearthed in Prittlewell, Essex in 2003. After years of analysis, the objects can now be viewed at Southend Central Museum as part of a new gallery devoted to the discovery. Experts believe the tomb belonged to Seaxa, brother of King Saebert of Essex, who was the first East Saxon king to convert to Christianity. Have a story? Please email Jon Bauckham at jon.bauckham@immediate.co.uk…

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confronting slavery’s legacy

Britain’s uneasy relationship with its colonial past continues to create headlines, with universities now sharply in focus. Following the announcement of a two-year investigation to determine the extent to which the university “contributed to, benefited from or challenged” slavery and the slave trade, Cambridge has been in the eye of the storm. Many took news that the inquiry will be chaired by a white man, classics professor Martin Millett, as evidence of disingenuous tokenism. Kehinde Andrews (@kehinde_ andrews) tweeted to say that the fact the investigation is to be run by “an almost exclusively white centre for ‘African’ studies” means the initiative is “at best, a publicity stunt”. He added that: “The worst outcome of ‘decolonising’ is that the university is recreating inequalities by giving white scholars more topics to publish…

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drugs and how they got to europe

The origins of western Europe’s relationship with imported intoxicants is set to be the focus of a new research project. The two-year study, led by the University of Sheffield in partnership with historians in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, will explore the ways in which nations were first introduced to substances such as opium, tobacco, tea, coffee, sugar and chocolate. Using Amsterdam, Hamburg, London and Stockholm as case studies, the project will also try to shed light on how the consumption of these substances affected people’s diets and lifestyles, leading to the creation of new public spaces such as coffeehouses. In London, for example, researchers will chart the volume of intoxicants coming into the capital, from the first decades of traffic in tobacco (c1600) to the start of the Opium Wars (c1850). They will…

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a good month for...

LILY PARR A statue of trailblazing footballer Lily Parr is set to be unveiled at the National Football Museum in Manchester. Parr, who scored more than 900 goals between 1919 and 1951, spent the majority of her career at Dick, Kerr Ladies FC (see page 60 for more on women’s football). STONEHENGE A ‘missing’ piece of Stonehenge is back in Wiltshire more than 60 years after it was first taken. The metre-long core of sarsen stone was returned by Robert Phillips, who kept the fragment after it was drilled out during repairs in 1958. Experts hope it will aid research into the stones’ origins.…

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