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History Revealed

Christmas 2019

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


1 min.
tudor truths

Of all British monarchs, Henry VIII is probably one of the most intriguing. His dogged determination to secure the continuity of the Tudor dynasty saw him marry six times and plunge the country into religious upheaval. Yet beneath the outward show of splendour and power lay a man crippled with insecurity and paranoia. In this month’s cover feature (p26), Tracy Borman goes behind the scenes at the Tudor court to explore the private side of Henry VIII and discover what day-to-day life in the king’s entourage would have been like. Elsewhere, with the festive season upon us, we take a closer look at the story of the Nativity to find out what history can tell us about the birth of Jesus (p57). You can also read the incredible story of Ada…

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2 min.

1989 END OF TYRANNY On 22 December 1989, 42 years of communist rule in Romania came to a bloody end with the overthrow – and later execution – of the country’s leader, Communist Party General Secretary Nicolae Ceaușescu. His rule had been one of fear and suppression, characterised by austerity and food shortages, and by the time of the revolution – one of several to sweep across the Eastern Bloc in 1989 – his dictatorship had lost the support of the military. It is estimated that a little more than 1,000 people were killed during the protests that toppled Ceaușescu and the fighting that followed. Tessa Dunlop looks back at the violent birth of post-communist Romania in Romania Revolution: 30 Years On on BBC Radio 4, scheduled for December 1880S MONKEY BUSINESS Jack the…

2 min.
face of medieval man reconstructed

The face of a man from medieval Aberdeen has been seen for the first time in 600 years. Facial reconstruction technology and analysis of the bones of the man known as Skeleton 125 (SK125) have brought him back to life. The skeleton was one of 60 complete examples found in 2015 during excavations at the site of Aberdeen Art Gallery. AOC Archaeology Group has reconstructed the man’s face. It estimates that at his death he was more than 46 years old and between 159cm and 166cm tall – making him slightly shorter than average for a man of his era. Testing has revealed that SK125 suffered from extensive dental disease, including lost teeth and an abscess, and also had signs of ageing from joint disease. Researchers also think that, while SK125 spent…

1 min.
bayeux tapestry mystery solved

The original intended location for the world’s most famous tapestry has been revealed. The Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the 1066 Battle of Hastings, has long baffled historians due to its oddly long and thin shape – it is 231ft long but just 20 inches tall. Records show that, in the 15th century, the tapestry was on display in Bayeux Cathedral. Experts now believe it was created specifically for the cathedral’s nave when it was made in the 11th century. Christopher Norton, Professor of Art History at the University of York, has discovered that the tapestry fits perfectly when hung along the north, south and west sides of the cathedral’s nave. For many years, there have been debates between historians over precisely where the tapestry was intended to hang, and whether this location was…

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franco’s body reburied

The body of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco has been moved to a more modest grave 44 years after his death. The current government states that the reburial is in accordance with a pledge made not to glorify the fascist ruler. Franco was originally interred in 1975 in a mausoleum alongside those killed during the Spanish Civil War. This was seen as controversial by families of those killed during the conflict, who thought it was wrong that people killed by Franco’s troops were buried alongside him. He has been laid to rest in a private Madrid cemetery next to his wife.…