Blogs

Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
10th October 2014
Discussing the Peasants' Revolt in the latest issue, Juliet Barker argues that Richard II was more sympathetic to the peasants’ demands...
Dominic Sandbrook
23rd September 2014
For all the pleasures of a life spent contemplating the past, for all the sense of discovery and escapism, history often takes us to the darkest...
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
20th September 2014
Petrarch The 14th-century poet, philosopher and so-called father of the Renaissance has attracted many relic hunters. But one object of worship in...
26th August 2014
Sweet and sour Sweet and sour rabbit is one of the more curious dishes included in Maggie Black's The Medieval Cookbook. Found in a collection of...
25th August 2014
In her new historical novel set in Bristol, Bath and London, Anna Freeman follows the story of a young prostitute plucked from the brothel and...
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
15th August 2014
In the magazine, Tracy Borman explores the volatile relationship between Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. Plus, we speak to Wolf Hall author Hilary...
12th August 2014
1) Smallpox Smallpox was one of London’s biggest killers, and even those who were lucky enough to recover were often badly pock-marked, with...
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
17th July 2014
In the new issue, which is a First World War special, historians including David Reynolds, Dan Snow and Max Hastings select what they consider to be...
Amanda Vickery
Amanda Vickery
17th July 2014
In the words of the anthropologist Mary Douglas, “Dirt is simply matter out of place.” The human history of dirt is the saga of our...
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
22nd May 2014
In the new issue, James Holland argues that, contrary to the views of some historians, the Normandy campaign was a military masterstroke. Meanwhile,...
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
27th March 2014
The April issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our latest issue, Sir Ian Kershaw considers why, of all the 20th-century monsters, Nazi...
Charlotte Hodgman
Charlotte Hodgman
26th March 2014
BBC History Magazine features editor Charlotte Hodgman recently travelled to Birmingham to see the world famous Staffordshire Hoard laid out in its...
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
28th February 2014
The March issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our latest issue, Gareth Williams reveals the secrets behind the Norsemen's maritime...
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
17th February 2014
As part of a video series produced for History Extra, Dr Sam Willis interviews Dr Hannah Dawson about her field of expertise, the history of ideas....
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
5th February 2014
As part of a video series produced for History Extra, Dr Sam Willis interviews Dr Richard Stone about the history of cider. At Sandford Orchards in...
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
30th January 2014
In our new edition, historians debate whether Britain was right to fight the First World War. Niall Ferguson claims Britain made a terrible mistake...
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
29th January 2014
As part of a new video series produced for History Extra, Dr Sam Willis interviews surf historian Pete Robinson. At the Museum of British Surfing,...
Emma McFarnon
Emma McFarnon
15th January 2014
As part of a new video series produced for History Extra, Dr Sam Willis interviews Tudor historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb about her fascination with...