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BBC History Magazine

BBC History Magazine

October 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

“We know how the story ends. Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, was executed in May 1536, having been tried and sentenced to death for committing high treason. But at the time, none of this was certain. No queen of England had been executed before, and even after the trial was over, doubts remained as to whether Henry would accede to the killing of his wife (who was almost certainly innocent). In our cover feature, on page 20, Tracy Borman returns to this dark chapter in English history, revealing how the main players navigated these uncertain times. It was during the reign of Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Elizabeth I, that English settlers first attempted to colonise North America, and a few decades later, in 1620, the Mayflower crossed the Atlantic, carrying the…

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this issue’s contributors

Priya Atwal I first became fascinated by the powerful queens of the Sikh empire when I was aged 19. Now, my new book explores the history of this once great Indian kingdom, finally placing these forgotten women back at the heart of its story. Priya charts the meteoric rise and fall of the Sikh empire on page 28 John Wyatt Greenlee Trying to figure out why 17th-century maps of London included Dutch eel ships has led me to study the role eels have played in English history, including learning about eels as a de facto medieval currency for rental payments. John reveals the important role eels played in the medieval economy on page 43 Isabel Wilkerson The American caste system grew out of the desire to categorise people to build a new world. By looking at this…

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this month in history

EYE-OPENER Landscape history This composite image shows a photo from an early 20th- century postcard and what’s thought to be Vincent van Gogh’s final painting. As their similarity suggests, the two are thought to depict the same scene. It’s the first time that a likely location has been suggested for Tree Roots, which the Dutch painter was working on at the time of his death in 1890. The connection was made by Wouter van der Veen, scientific director of the French organisation Institut Van Gogh, and the postcard’s caption reveals it to show trees on a bank near the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, on the outskirts of Paris. It’s just 150 metres away from an inn at which van Gogh is known to have stayed for the final 70 days of his life. Bert Maes,…

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the shadow of empire

A recent episode of BBC Radio long- running debate series The Moral Maze on the morality of the British empire (available to listen to on BBC Sounds) prompted an impassioned discussion which extended far beyond the programme. Kim A Wagner (@KimAtiWagner) tweeted: “If you wouldn’t do a programme on the morality of Nazi Germany, you shouldn’t be doing it on the British empire. It is analytically so incredibly inept and could only have been conceived by someone profoundly ignorant about history.” Yet, others were less sure whether the underlying premise was necessarily wrong. Samir Puri (@purisamir1) responded directly: “This kind of relativisation is not helpful… You are comparing 12 years of Nazi Germany to circa five centuries of British empire. Different spans of time give rise to moral questions of a…

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mark ormrod (1957–2020)

The medieval historian and researcher Mark Ormrod, who had a distinguished career at the University of York, has died following a long illness. He was 62. Ormrod, who completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1984, worked at the University of Sheffield and Queens University Belfast before joining York in 1990. Over the following decades he held positions including director of the Centre for Medieval Studies and head of the department of history, and in 2009 he became the first dean of the new Faculty of Arts and Humanities. His work on the Middle Ages explored such diverse areas as 15th-century immigration and the role of women in governance, and his books include a major 2011 biography of Edward III. Although he retired his university post in 2017, he…