Christmas issue out now

The Christmas issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale.

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The Christmas issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, as a new visitor centre opens at Stonehenge, Mike Pitts reveals how different eras have viewed the prehistoric monument – from the Anglo-Saxons and Romans, to the Victorians and modern day visitors.

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Elsewhere in the magazine, Graham Robb asserts that the Celts were far from ‘mud-smeared barbarians’.

The Christmas issue also features Ronald Hutton, who warns against applying modern interpretations to ancient beliefs.

Meanwhile, Steven Gunn and Tomasz Gromelski explore animal accidents in Tudor England, and GH Bennett examines the vital voyages of the Second World War Arctic convoys.

Elsewhere, John Hatcher explores the impact of the Black Death on the Suffolk village of Walsham le Willows.

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Plus, historians and experts select their favourite books of 2013, including their pick of historical fiction.