Emma Mason

Emma Mason is Digital Editor for BBC History Magazine


Dubbed the first hero of the industrial age, James Watt is famed for his pioneering improvements in steam engine technology...


It was one of the most exciting, turbulent and transformative eras in history, but the Middle Ages were also fraught with danger. Here, as part of our Medieval Week, historian Dr Katharine Olson reveals 10 of the biggest risks people faced…

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He was one of the most controversial kings of England. Now, a new book charts the many significant locations that influenced Richard III’s life.

This article was first published in February 2015

c1475, Richard III (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Richard III may have wished to be buried in Middleham, Northamptonshire, London, York or County Durham, leading historian Michael Hicks has said.

This article was first published in May 2014

Peasants' Revolt, 1381. (Prisma/UIG/Getty Images)

It was one of the most violent periods in history, famed for the Hundred Years’ War, the Peasants’ Revolt, and the beginning of the Wars of the Roses. Yet through the chaos of the Middle Ages, the Plantagenets rose to seize control of England.

This article was first published in November 2014

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Ahead of his reinterment on Thursday, we chart the biggest Richard III developments to date – from the discovery of his remains in 2012 to plans for his televised reburial...

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The discovery of the king’s remains in Leicester in 2012 made worldwide headlines, but now experts have raised doubts about whether we can truly say the bones are his. Emma McFarnon reports.

This article was originally published in May 2014

Battle of Bosworth, 1485 (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The battle of Bosworth, in which Richard III was killed, was the last significant clash of the Wars of the Roses. Here, Chris Skidmore MP, the author of Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors, summarises 10 need-to-know facts about the battle that heralded the end of the Plantagenet dynasty and marked the birth of the Tudor age.

This article was first published in August 2014


To celebrate our March 2015 issue, which explores why the Romans feared Britain, it’s Ancient Rome Week at BBC History Magazine HQ

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From shopping to the invasion of Britain, we round up nine Roman podcasts you don't want to miss.

This article was first published online in March 2015

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