Matt Elton

 Matt Elton is a section editor for BBC History Magazine 

A tomb relief from Egypt’s 5th dynasty depicts the collection of tithes.

Tyrannical god-kings, feudal divisions, poisonings, treason – many of our
 long-held beliefs about ancient Egypt are based on misunderstandings 
and skewed interpretations. John Romer, author of a new book exploring 1,000 years of Egyptian history from the construction of the Great Pyramid to the collapse of the Middle Kingdom, talks to Matt Elton about why we need to rethink how we view the world’s first nation state

This interview was first published in the February/March issue of BBC World Histories Magazine, on sale now


New research is exploring scribes’ handwriting to reveal what it can tell us about conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease in the Middle Ages
(This news piece was published in the December 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine)

Illustrations by Clair Rossiter (

From rat pie to diced calf’s brain, five food historians introduce a selection of palate-pleasers from the past. Once you’ve digested their suggestions, enter our poll to tell us which one of these dishes you’d most like to eat.

This article appears in the March 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine, which is on sale now

Illustration: Jonty Clark

When England's barons clipped the wings of a tyrannical king, they established principles that still influence British justice 800 years on, says David Carpenter.

This article was first published online in September 2012


As Richard III is set to be buried in Leicester Cathedral, experts share their views on what the discovery of his remains – and the ensuing debate – have taught us


David Hipshon, whose book on the controversial Yorkist monarch is out now, has a new perspective on the reason for Richard’s death at the battle of Bosworth in 1485

This article was first published online in April 2010

Banished (BBC/RSJ Films/Mark Rogers)

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Children spin cotton in a milL © Science & Society Picture Library

Factory owners in the 19th century deliberately produced false data in a bid to stop the British government restricting the extent to which they could employ child labour, a new study suggests

A woodcut of 17th-century pickpocket Mary Frith © Granger Collection–Topfoto

A new study explores female cross-dressing in 16th-century London – and suggests that sexual pleasure was a key part of its appeal

An illustration of a garden city, 1905 © Garden City Collection

Following George Osborne's announcement of a plan to build a new 'garden city' in Kent, author and former English Heritage assessor Sarah Rutherford looks at the influence of such communities in the UK's history

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