May issue out now

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The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition Max Hastings, Antony Beevor, James Holland, Andrew Roberts and other leading historians challenge conventional views of the Second World War.

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Elsewhere in the magazine, Lucy Worsley opens the royal wardrobe to discover some of the more unusual garments within – from Queen Victoria’s 50-inch drawers to George IV’s enormous breeches and ‘corset’.

The May issue also features Tony Wilmott, who reveals what the latest discoveries can tell us about the lives of Roman gladiators.

Also in this issue, ahead of a lavish BBC dramatisation of her Cousins’ War series of novels, bestselling author Philippa Gregory explains how to turn history into good fiction.

Meanwhile, Martin Sayers describes how fossilised dinosaur dung became a priceless commodity in the 19th century.

Plus, Dominic Sandbrook and David Priestland discuss how history should remember Margaret Thatcher; Richard Morris seeks to explain the enduring fascination with the 1943 Dambusters raid; and Michael Burleigh questions whether British campaigns in Kenya, Malaya and elsewhere really warrant praise.

You can buy the magazine in all good newsagents. If you’ve read it and would like to comment on the articles, you can get in touch with us by post, telephone or email.

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You can purchase digital editions of the magazine for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kindle Fire and Android – find out more at www.historyextra.com/digital