In the March issue of BBC History Magazine, Gareth Williams reveals the secrets behind the Norsemen's maritime successes
Meanwhile, Edward Stourton explains how Mao Zedong exploited a foundation myth of China's communists
Elsewhere in the issue, Lauren Mackay describes the insights into Henry VIII's six wives provided by an observer of the king's court
The magazine also features Juliet Gardiner on the lengths to which people in Britain went to survive German bombs during the Second World War
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