April 2020 issue of BBC History Magazine out now!

The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale!

April issue of BBC History Magazine

Inside our April 2020 issue…

Saving Apollo 13


Thomas Ellis charts Nasa’s frantic efforts to rescue the stricken lunar mission from disaster in April 1970

Mary: brutal but brilliant

The Tudor queen was one of England’s most accomplished monarchs, argues Alexander Samson

Scotland’s cry for liberty

Michael Brown on the impact of the Declaration of Arbroath, a 700-year-old rallying point for sovereignty

James Bond in real life

Henry Hemming introduces the inspirational figures behind the staggeringly successful spy series

A black trailblazer

Pamela Roberts relates the amazing story of Christian Frederick Cole, England’s first black barrister

The triumph of Artemisia 

Catherine Fletcher on the woman who overcame a torrid private life to become one of Europe’s greatest artists

Okinawa and the bomb

Saul David on a Pacific War battle that was so bloody it helped persuade the Allies to deploy a nuclear weapon


NEXT ISSUE: The May 2020 issue of BBC History Magazine is on sale from 16 April 2020, featuring a 24-page Second World War supplement, the women who dominated the Stuart court in the 17th century, the 12th-century civil war between Stephen and Matilda and much more…