Emma Mason

Emma Mason is Digital Editor for BBC History Magazine

Gladiator fight. (DEA /A DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)

Dr Miles Russell answers those burning questions about Ancient Rome you were too afraid to ask...

This article was first published online in March 2015

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

This article was first published online in December 2014

Battle of Culloden, 1746 (Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Dr Sean Lang charts the history of the Union from 1707 to the present day...

This article was first published online in September 2014

Scotland has voted 'No' to independence (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Scotland has chosen to remain in the United Kingdom, voting ‘No’ in a historic referendum. Here, seven expert historians share their reaction to the verdict, and consider what the referendum means for the future of the constitution.

This article was first published on History Extra on Friday 19 September 2014

London schoolboys on strike, Shoreditch, September 1911 - Getty Images

Clive Bloom looks back to September 1911 when pupils across the country downed their exercise books, demanding shorter hours, attendance payments and free pencils.

This article was originally published in the September 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

Anne Boleyn was executed on 19 May 1536 (© World History Archive / Alamy)

It was one of the most transformative periods in English history, but which dates in the Tudor calendar had the greatest impact? Historian Lauren Mackay maps out the top 10…

This article was first published in January 2015

The princes in the Tower in an 1878 painting (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Who was Jack the Ripper, what happened to the Mary Celeste, and did Richard III really murder the princes in the Tower? These are some of the biggest historical mysteries of all time. Here, after scouring 1,000 years of public records at the National Archives in search of answers, Dr David Clarke, the author of Britain’s X-traordinary Files, charts nine of the greatest unsolved puzzles of modern times...

This article was first published in September 2014

German peasants could be fined for wearing fancy clothes - Bridgeman Art Library

For centuries many German citizens were forbidden to consume a variety of desirable goods, including “very wide trousers”. Sheilagh Ogilvie, Markus Küpker and Janine Maegraith explain how such regulations may have had serious economic consequences.

This article was first published in the January 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens (Culture Club/Getty Images)

They say a dog is a man’s best friend, but through history cats have often proven themselves to be the dearest companions of many writers: authors often pay tribute to their cats in prose and verse, and more than a few moggies have made their way onto book jacket photographs, too...

1965: fainter doesn’t phase guards (James P Blair/National Geographic Creative)

Hitler playing with a deer, Ronald Reagan posing as a model for a sculpture class, and Ku Klux Klan members taking a spin on a ferris wheel, are among the unusual images featured in a book of historical oddities...

This article was first published in October 2014

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