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BBC History Magazine

November 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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welcome

On 14 October 1066 William of Normandy defeated King Harold in what is surely the most famous battle in English history. Yet the Norman conquest did not end at Hastings, as resistance continued across the country for several years to come. In 1069, the darkest chapter of this story began as William initiated a brutal policy of suppression in the north of England, leading to tens of thousands of deaths. On the 950th anniversary of the Harrying of the North, Marc Morris revisits this horrific episode and considers whether it constitutes an act of genocide. You’ll find his piece on page 22. This issue is being published at a crucial time in the Brexit process and although it seems foolhardy to predict what will happen next, it is clear that Britain…

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this issue’s contributors

Helena Merriman Thirty years ago the Berlin Wall came down. I’ve been uncovering one of its greatest escape stories: interviewing people in Berlin, crawling through tunnels and burrowing into the Stasi archives. Helena chronicles a remarkable bid to escape East Berlin on page 28 Kate Loveman The events leading up to the Restoration struck observers as scarcely believable. Diarists of the time were alarmed and excited by the political chaos they witnessed. Kate chronicles Charles II’s attempts to reunite his realm after the Civil War on page 43 William Dalrymple Here, for the first time in world history, you see something that we’re familiar with today: corporations’ potential for sheer heartlessness. William talks about his new book on the East India Company on page 68 * 3 issues for £10 is available only to UK Direct Debit orders.** Calls…

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voyage to the past

Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965, bound for Mexico, a land of beautiful beaches, exotic wildlife and ruined temples that stand as a striking reminder of past civilisations. Since then, Princess Cruises has been making its own history, sailing thousands of people to fascinating ancient sites all over the world.Which of these five places steeped in history are on your list to visit? ROME The eternal city will always hold an attraction for historians. As you walk in the footsteps of the Romans, you can almost hear them marching to the Forum, see them standing guard at the magnificent Pantheon or keeping order at the Colosseum – where amusement was a boisterous affair. Entertainment back onboard is of a gentler, but no less thrilling nature.You can try your luck in the…

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the princess difference

• DESTINATION LEADERS You can go beyond the beaten track with more than 380 destinations worldwide. • LOCAL DISCOVERIES Immerse yourself in the local culture, from traditional ceremonies to learning skills. • JOYFUL REJUVENATION You’ll achieve peak bliss onboard at the adult-only retreat The Sanctuary or the serene Lotus Spa. • WELCOMING EXPERIENCE The friendly crew will go the extra mile to help you make the most of your holiday. • PERSONALISED SERVICE Smart OceanMedallion technology will allow you to easily open your stateroom door, order drinks and stay connected while onboard.…

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a charming discovery

A treasure trove of amulets and charms buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 has been publicly revealed for the first time. Discovered inside a wooden box during recent excavations at Pompeii, the artefacts – made from materials such as bone, amber and glass – were possibly used in rituals to aid fertility and provide their female wearer with good luck. Although the items were found at the home of a wealthy resident, experts believe they belonged to a servant rather than the villa’s owners. The cache will now go on display at Pompeii’s Palestra Grande, along with other new discoveries. Have a story? Please email Jon Bauckham at jon.bauckham@immediate.co.uk…

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a novel conversation

Discussions among historians on Twitter have become intensely political in recent weeks, with those on either side of the Brexit divide searching for past analogies for current affairs. It was therefore a welcome relief when a question tweeted by the University of Sussex Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies (@SussexCEMMS) led to an entirely different debate: “What is the most accomplished piece of historical fiction set in the medieval or early modern period: [the works of] Hilary Mantel, Ken Follett, Philippa Gregory, or perhaps someone else?” For possibly the first time on Twitter all month, there was immediate agreement, with John Gallagher (@earlymodernjohn) asking: “What about Ali Smith’s How to Be Both?”. Mark Williams (@ExileonWainSt) strongly agreed – also helpfully putting forward the Italian Renaissance novels of Sarah Dunant. But the warm…

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