October 2019 issue of BBC History Magazine out now!

Dan Jones on the crusades, Elizabeth I's shock French alliance and the millionaires who backed Hitler's rise to power…

Inside our October 2019 issue…

Fat cats of the crusades
Dan Jones introduces the men who returned from holy war with their pockets full as well as their souls saved


Hitler’s elite backers
Stephan Malinowski describes how Germany’s most powerful figures facilitated the rise of the Third Reich

The meeting of minds
Tilly Blyth reveals how artists and scientists have drawn inspiration from one another over the past 250 years

Elizabeth I’s French ally
Estelle Paranque explores the unlikely friendship between the Tudor queen and the Catholic king Henri III

Christ’s communists
Tom Holland tells the story of a radical religious sect that challenged the Holy Roman Empire in the 15th century

Catherine the Great
Janet Hartley defends the Russian empress against the charge that she was a sex-mad tyrant

The Dambusters raid
Max Hastings on his new book on the RAF’s celebrated attack on the Ruhr dams

There’s thoughts from columnists Michael Wood and David Olusoga, a closer look at St Mary’s Church, Warwick, and find out who Julia Bradbury chooses as her history hero. Don’t miss our full study guide 2019 which includes advice on studying history at university and how your degree can aid your career.


NEXT ISSUE: The November 2019 issue of BBC History Magazine is on sale from 3 October 2019, and features Helena Merriman on an astonishing attempt to escape from East Berlin in the early 1960s. Plus there’s William Dalrymple on the British East India company and Dominic Sandbrook on why the Falklands War transformed Britain’s prospects.