History features

Shakespeare’s Mother: The Secret Life Of A Tudor Woman © BBC
6th February 2015
Can't decide what programmes to watch or listen to this week? Here are 10 you won't want to miss...
First Crusade, 1095. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)
4th February 2015
In 1095, Christian knights mounted a religious war against Muslims in Jerusalem in an attempt to reclaim the Holy Land. Known collectively as the Crusades, the military expeditions transformed the western world, and left a profound legacy in inter-cultural and inter-faith relations nationally and worldwide. Now, long forgotten songs and poetry that reveal contemporary responses to the holy war have been made publicly available online
Catherine of Aragon favoured a gable hood. © Classic Image / Alamy
3rd February 2015
As part of our 'History Extra explains' series, leading historians answer the burning questions you were too afraid to ask...
The Gowan (or The Daisy), by Hill & Adamson, 1840
2nd February 2015
An exhibition exploring one of the earliest forms of paper photography – salt prints – opens at Tate Britain this month, with some 90 rare examples on show. Invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in the mid-19th century, the salt print technique involved soaking paper in silver iodide salts to register a negative image that, when photographed again, created permanent paper positives. The works displayed are among the few salt prints that survive.
30th January 2015
Around 300 objects from the 15th to the 18th centuries go on show in Cambridge in March, to chart the history of our love of shopping, revealing the tastes and talents of those who commissioned and created them
30th January 2015
Discover how gardens were celebrated in art from the 16th to the 20th centuries in an exhibition that opens at Buckingham Palace in March
30th January 2015
The ancient Greek preoccupation with the human body comes under the spotlight at the British Museum in March, with around 150 objects on show – from marble statues and bronzes, to terracotta pieces and vases
30th January 2015
Can't decide what programmes to watch or listen to this week? Here are 10 you won't want to miss...
February 2015
29th January 2015
The February 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale!
The medieval city of Carcassonne © Alamy
29th January 2015
In the February 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine, historian Sean McGlynn selects Languedoc in France as his favourite historical destination. HistoryExtra caught up with him to find out more...
27th January 2015
This February, the People’s History Museum in Manchester will be examining the history of British voting over the past 100 years
27th January 2015
The Nazi death camp at Auschwitz was liberated 70 years ago today, but the world still struggles to understand the minds of those who committed the atrocities there. Laurence Rees, writer and producer of a major BBC TV series marking the event, has interviewed war criminals from German, Russian and Japanese camps and he explains why many of the former Nazi soldiers he met had a different mentality from the others. This article was first published in the January 2005 issue of BBC History Magazine
26th January 2015
An exhibition that explores how babies and children inspired modernist sculptor Jacob Epstein opens at The Foundling Museum this month
Anne Boleyn was executed on 19 May 1536 © World History Archive / Alamy
23rd January 2015
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…
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