Inside our December 2022 issue, on sale Thursday 27 October

Your essential guide to gold rushes

On 24 January 1848, a carpenter named James Marshall quite literally struck gold while building a sawmill in the Californian town of Coloma. His discovery would alter the course of US history and usher in a period of profound economic and social change. In the December 2022 issue of BBC History Revealed, we tell the story of Marshall’s breakthrough, and examine the impact of other gold rushes across the globe: from Australia to southern Africa.

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Victorian fasting girls

In the 19th century, several young women on both sides of the Atlantic were alleged to be forgoing food and drink and surviving on faith alone. But how were they really doing it? Felicity Day uncovers the secrets of the so-called ‘fasting girls’, whose stories have since inspired a historical novel and a new Netflix drama.


The real story behind The Woman King

New Hollywood epic The Woman King brings the remarkable story of the women soldiers of west Africa to the fore. We reveal how this elite force of highly trained and disciplined warriors built such a formidable reputation.

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In a nutshell: the Hussite Wars

We tell you everything you need to know about the medieval wars of religion that rocked central Europe: from the crushing battlefield victories of Czech general Jan Žižka, to the beliefs that the drove the Hussite movement forward.

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