Christmas Issue out now


The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition Benjamin Carp reveals how the Boston Tea Party had its roots in Britain’s imperial failings.


Elsewhere in the magazine Giles Tremlett examines the question of Catherine of Aragon’s virginity on her marriage to Henry VIII in 1509.

The Christmas issue also features Jonathan Spangler who details the remarkable reign of France’s Henry IV, the man who saved France.

Also in this issue, Thomas Keneally talks to Rob Attar about the early years of Britain’s remotest prison – Australia. Meanwhile, Jonathan Wright discovers the hardships of agricultural lie in Edwardian England.

The rise and fall of Britain’s workhouse system also features in this month’s magazine as Peter Higginbotham speaks to Charlotte Hodgman about what life was really like as a workhouse inmate.

Other topics this month include Fiona Reid’s take on how Europe’s displaced persons celebrated Christmas after the Second World War, while Mark Glancy takes a look at three films about Henry VIII.


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