Emma Mason

Emma Mason is Digital Editor for BBC History Magazine


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Frank Sinatra, 1 October 1947. (Photo by William Gottlieb/Redferns)

He was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century, famed for hits including ‘New York, New York’, ‘Strangers in the Night’, and ‘Let it Snow’

Two males carrying bricks. (Photo by Prisma/UIG/Getty Images)

As part of our 'History Extra explains' series, leading historians answer the burning questions you were too afraid to ask...

King Arthur's coronation. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

The legend of King Arthur, a fifth-century warrior who supposedly led the fight against Saxon invaders, continues to fascinate today. Here, historian John Matthews reveals eight things you probably didn’t know about King Arthur…

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Tales of monsters, Gods, spells and love affairs: Celtic myths reflected the social thinking and traditions of pre-Roman Celts of Britain, Ireland and Europe. Spread by travelling poets and storytellers who plied their trade from village to village, the myths came into being partly to explain natural phenomena, and to try to address basic human concerns about life and death.

This article was first published online in January 2015

Joan of Arc (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty)

History is full of dramatic tales that are well known and oft repeated. But what if some of the most famous – the cases of Dr Crippen, Joan of Arc, or Jack the Ripper – were not quite as we suppose? Here, Megan Westley revisits 10 historic mysteries we get wrong…

This article was first published in November 2014

Victorian children collecting apples (Culture Club/Getty Images)

With one a day said to keep the doctor at bay, apples are today one of the nation’s most popular fruits. But the lunchbox staple also has a curious history. Here, food historian Joanna Crosby reveals 9 things you probably didn’t know about the history of apples…

This article was first published in October 2014

King James IV's death at Flodden is reported. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The battle of Flodden, which took place on 9 September 1513, is one of the bloodiest battles in British history. The Anglo-Scottish clash proved a devastating defeat for the Scots, who lost 10,000 men.

This article was first published in September 2013

A chocolate house in Georgian times © TopFoto

Sara Pennell, a senior lecturer in early modern British history at the University of Roehampton, charts the history of our love of chocolate...

This article was first published in February 2014


When did Britain develop its love of baking, and was cake always on the menu? We take you on a tour through baking history...

This article was first published in October 2013

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