Emma Mason

Emma Mason is Digital Editor for BBC History Magazine

Adolf Hitler with Nazi war generals (Heinrich Hoffmann/Keystone/Getty Images)

Adolf Hitler was addicted to cocaine and directed the invasion of Soviet Russia while being pumped with as many as 80 different drugs, historian Giles Milton reveals in his new book.

This article was first published in October 2014

c1916: British soldiers sitting in their trench. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Banter, camaraderie and a satirical sense of humour helped make life bearable for the everyday Tommy in the trenches during the First World War. But, as BBC Antiques Roadshow presenter Martin Pegler explains, we unknowingly continue to use much of that slang today...

This article was first published in August 2014

c1870: Newlyn in Penzance, Cornwall. (Gibson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In spite of strong cultural influence from English, and outright force during the Reformation, the Cornish language has endured for centuries. Here, Dr Kate Wiles, a researcher of medieval scribes and manuscripts, explores the history of the Cornish language, and reveals some of the more unusual 19th-century Cornish dialect words.

This article was first published on History Extra in April 2014

Atomic bomb damage in Hiroshima, 1945 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

For years debate has raged over whether the US was right to drop two atomic bombs on Japan during the final weeks of the Second World War.

This article was first published in July 2014

This illustration, circa 1200, shows King Edward II - Popperfoto/Getty Images

As part of our Kings and Queens series, medieval historian Kathryn Warner tells you everything you need to know about Edward II, king of England and lord of Ireland.

This article was first published in May 2014

Queen Victoria wore white on her wedding day. (Bridgeman Art Library)

From bridesmaids and kisses to dresses and embroidery, Tracy Borman takes a look at regal marriages through history.

This article was first published in the May 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

Elizabeth I by Marc Gerrarts, c1565 (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Thanks to some much-married monarchs, England has had many more queens than kings. Whether a king’s wife or a ruler in her own right, each made a significant contribution to English history. But who were the best? Here, Elizabeth Norton, the author of England's Queens: The Biography (Amberley, 2011), reveals in chronological order her top 10 English (and later British) queens in history.

This article was first published in September 2014

Anne Boleyn (Copyright NPG)

Was she ensnared by a conspiracy, the victim of her own loose tongue, or simply guilty as charged? Suzannah Lipscomb tries to unearth the real reason why Henry VIII sent his second wife, Anne Boleyn, to the block.

This article was first published in the April 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

Prostheses of victims of the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau, c1945.

Laurence Rees - who has interviewed war criminals from German, Russian and Japanese camps - explains why many of the former Nazi soldiers he met had a different mentality from the others...

This article first appeared in the January 2005 issue of BBC History Magazine

19th-century cricket match at the Kennington Oval. (Popperfoto/Getty Images)

From Tudor tennis courts to Georgian swimming pools, London’s love affair with sporting venues dates back hundreds of years. But some aspects of the capital’s rich sporting history might surprise you. Here Simon Inglis, the author of Played in London, reveals 10 lesser-known facts…

This article was first published in December 2014

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