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History Revealed

History Revealed

November 2020

History Revealed brings the past to life for everyone. It’s an action-packed, image-rich magazine with zero stuffiness. Each issue has a central section that takes a closer look at one of history’s big stories, such as the Wild West or Ancient Rome, telling everything you need to know. We also explore the lives of the truly famous, follow the great adventures of the past, taste the blood and thunder of battles, and look at how closely Hollywood blockbusters have told history. Plus, we answer questions about some of the more surprising and strange aspects of the past. If you want to get into history, subscribe today.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome november 2020

When we think of the Vikings, some of us might conjure an image of marauding, barbaric raiders, intent on pillaging and violence – not to mention horned helmets! In this month’s essential guide, we explore the many other sides of Viking life – from the role of women and spiritual beliefs, to shipbuilding and trading, to the great exploratory journeys across the seas that took them as far as North America. Turn to page 26 to find out more. In November, millions of US voters will take to the ballot boxes to decide the next US president. To mark the occasion, we’ve cast our eyes back to the election of 1952 to explore the remarkable life of Charlotta Bass – the newspaper publisher and activist who faced down the Ku Klux…

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get involved

FIND US ONLINE Visit our online home, historyextra.com, for a wealth of exciting content on British and world history, as well as an extensive archive of magazine content from BBC History Revealed and our sister publications BBC History Magazine and BBC World Histories. HISTORY EXTRA PODCAST Download episodes for free from iTunes and other providers, or via historyextra.com/podcast CONTACT US facebook.com/HistoryExtra twitter.com/HistoryExtra @HistoryExtra EMAIL US: haveyoursay@historyrevealed.com OR POST: Have Your Say, BBC History Revealed, Immediate Media, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 4ST EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES: 0117 927 9009 SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES: PHONE: 03330 162 116 EMAIL: via www.buysubscriptions.com/contactus POST: BBC History Revealed, PO Box 3320, 3 Queensbridge, Northampton, NN4 7BF OVERSEAS: In the US/Canada you can contact us at: Immediate Media, 2900 Veterans Hwy, Bristol PA, 19007, USA immediatemedia@buysubscriptions.com Toll-free 855-827-8639 GET YOUR DIGITAL COPY Digital versions of BBC History Revealed are available for iOS, Kindle Fire,…

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1917 FIREWOMEN’S LIFT These female firefighters are practising an evacuation at a workhouse while elderly inhabitants look on. During World War I, British women took on roles that had been left vacant by men who had gone off to fight – in factories and shipyards, traditionally seen as male-dominated workplaces, but also emergency services. By World War II, the recruitment of women into the fire service had grown significantly and, by 1943, more than 90,000 women were enrolled into the National Fire Service. C1941 RUBBLE AND RUIN A woman attempts to salvage some board games from the rubble of her bombed-out home. Britain suffered many bombing raids during World War II, with 57 consecutive nights – and often in daytime – of raids in London during the Blitz of 1940–41 alone, when thousands…

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things we learned this month....

SUDAN’S PYRAMIDS AT RISK OF FLOODING Weeks of heavy rain in Sudan have caused the River Nile to burst its banks, threatening the country’s ancient pyramids. The site of Al-Bajrawiya (pictured, right), once part of the ancient kingdom of Kush, is home to hundreds of distinctive pyramids – such as the one seen here – and temples; some of the ruins are more than 2,300 years old. Sandbag walls and water pumps have been installed to protect the monuments. At the time of writing, severe flooding has made thousands of people homeless and killed nearly 100 people across Sudan. BLUE PLAQUE FOR WWII SPY Wartime spy Noor Inayat Khan has become the first woman of South Asian descent to be awarded a blue plaque by English Heritage. The plaque recognises Khan’s efforts as a…

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haunted london tour guide

“I like to think of London’s history as an ever-running soap opera, with storylines evolving over 2,000 years” HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO GIVING GHOST TOURS IN LONDON? As a child, I was an avid reader of ghost stories so I have always had an interest in them. I moved to London from Stoke-on-Trent in the late 1970s and ended up working as a postman in the city. I became fascinated by all the history to be found there, particularly the gruesome, sinister and ghostly history. For my own entertainment, I began collecting stories about these aspects of the city’s past and started telling them to the other postmen while we were sorting the letters. The reactions were nearly always positive, so in 1982 I decided to offer a ghost walk…

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the may flower arrives in the new world

Early on 9 November 1620, as the sun’s first rays reflected on the ocean, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower – those awake at sunrise, at least – finally caught a tantalising glimpse of land. “The appearance of it much comforted us, especially seeing so goodly a land, and wooded to the brink of the sea. It caused us to rejoice together, and praise God that had given us once again to see land,” reads Mourt’s Relation, an account of the settlement of Plymouth by the passengers Edward Winslow and William Bradford. Reaching the New World had been a perilous undertaking. The ship had been at sea for over two months, battling through ferocious storms and its passengers confined to cramped quarters, but their salvation had finally arrived in a…