Emma Mason

Emma Mason is Digital Editor for BBC History Magazine

Commandos in training, 1940. (Fox Photos/Getty Images)

From 19th-century studies on animal disguises to fashionable khaki on today’s catwalks, camouflage has a long and varied history. Here, writer Jude Stewart investigates…

The Girl Who Forgave The Nazis, Channel 4. (Credit: Channel 4)

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 1888. (Culture Club/Getty Images)

From the magical to the macabre, fairytales have captivated children and adults alike for centuries. Here, we explore the history of fairytales in pictures…


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Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech, 1963. (Central Press/Getty Images)

On 28 August 1963, Martin Luther King shared with the world his “dream".

This article was first published in August 2013

The skeleton of Joseph Carey Merrick - image Ray Crundwell, Queen Mary

He was the star attraction at Victorian London freak shows; his curved spine, overgrown skull and ‘trunk-like’ facial growth making him an object of fascination among doctors and the public alike. We spoke to researchers at Queen Mary University of London about Joseph Carey Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man...

This article was first published in January 2014


Hundreds of years before the invention of radio or television, how did the Tudors occupy themselves of an evening, or during long, winter nights? Melita Thomas, the editor of Tudor Times, investigates…

A silver penny from the reign of England’s Viking king, Cnut. (Getty)

Leading historians reveal how pivotal years in the lives of eight major figures – from Anne Boleyn to Josef Stalin – could have turned out better, if only they’d have resolved to change their ways...

This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine

Britain’s Bloody Crown (Credit Channel 5)

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It is one of the most keenly studied periods in British history, and the inspiration for the ever-popular Game of Thrones. But the Wars of the Roses is still full of uncertainty, contention and debate. Here, Dan Jones, presenter of the new Channel 5 series Britain’s Bloody Crown, based on his book The Hollow Crown, explores the top five unanswered questions. Let us know what you think the answers are…

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