Christmas issue out now

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The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition Ryan Lavelle argues that early medieval England wasn’t the utopia of popular perception, and examines how Tolkien’s The Hobbit helped shaped the Anglo-Saxon ‘myth’.

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Elsewhere in the magazine, Claire Holleran explains how Rome was the place to indulge in some retail therapy in the ancient world.

The Christmas issue also features Steven Gunn and Tomasz Gromelski, who look at some of the mishaps that could befall playing children in the 16th century.

Also in this issue, Rob Attar considers whether the Maya really predicted the end of the world in December 2012.

Meanwhile, Alan Forrest reveals how Napoleon used the arts to project a favourable image of himself to the French people.

Our Christmas magazine also includes Elizabeth T Hurren, who describes how paupers’ bodies were dissected for medical research in the 19th century, and David Loades discusses eight places related to the rise of the Tudor navy.

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

You can also purchase a Kindle edition of this month’s magazine via the Amazon website

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Our December edition is also available on iPad via the Apple newsstand