The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition Marc Morris explores why extensive castle-building was key to William the Conqueror’s subjugation of England. Plus, David Bates seeks out the origins of the Normans – a warlike people who made their home in northern France.
Elsewhere in the magazine, Sam Willis selects the 10 battles that have effected the biggest changes to the course of the nation.
The August issue also features Beatrix Nutz, who examines underwear, hygiene and social acceptance in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Also in this issue, June Purvis explains how the picture postcard industry was utilised to denigrate women fighting for the vote.
Meanwhile, Kevin Jefferys investigates why Britain came close to pulling out of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.
Our August magazine also includes a Where History Happened feature on the Victorian obsession with collecting.
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