January 2020 issue of BBC History Magazine out now!

Were medieval people cleaner than we think? Plus smiling Victorians and how prohibition transformed America...

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Inside our January 2020 issue…

Medieval filth?


Katherine Harvey dishes the dirt on the Middle Ages’ passion for hygiene

Orwell’s political journey

Phil Tinline charts how the author became a champion of democracy

The Vampyre stirs

Richard Sugg describes the unholy birth of vampire entertainment

Smiling Victorians

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones reveals a softer side to our stern 19th-century forebears

The legacy of prohibition

Lisa McGirr discloses the dizzying side-effects of the US’s ban on alcohol

An amazing life

John Woolf on the adventures of Jeffrey Hudson, a dwarf in Charles I’s court

Queen against the odds

Kathryn Warner on the triumphs of Edward III’s wife, Philippa of Hainault

A history of the body

Joanna Bourke probes how our views on different body parts have evolved


Thoughts from columnists Michael Wood and David Olusoga. Plus, Martha Lane Fox chooses her history hero


NEXT ISSUE: The January 2020 issue of BBC History Magazine is on sale from 23 January 2020, featuring the Spanish Armada, George IV, and the aftermath of the liberation of Auschwitz