Christmas 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine now on sale!

An early present from Santa: the Christmas issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale!

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In the new issue, Anna Whitelock argues that, despite her bloody reputation, Mary I was a highly impressive queen cut off in her prime.

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Meanwhile, Christopher Harding analyses the motivations of the dreaded Japanese Kamikaze pilots.

Elsewhere in the magazine, John Goodall reveals how to build a medieval castle.

And Joann Fletcher explores the lives of three of ancient Egypt’s most powerful women.

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Plus, Margery Masterson explains why the medieval custom of duelling refused to die in the 19th century, and Malcolm Gaskill explores the aspirations of the English settlers who colonised the New World.