August 2019 issue of BBC History Magazine out now!

The battle of Trafalgar, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and cross-dressers in the Civil War…

New issue Aug 19

Inside our August 2019 issue…

The world in July 1969


Alwyn Turner describes the issues grabbing attention on Planet Earth as Neil Armstrong made his giant leap

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Henry VIII’s “bastard son”

Mathew Lyons reveals how Henry Fitzroy rocked the Tudor court

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Trafalgar: a futile victory?

Sam Willis reassesses the impact of the battle that made Nelson an icon

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Civil War cross-dressers

Mark Stoyle on the women who fought for king and parliament in men’s clothes

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Medieval European union

Chris Bowlby explains how the Hanseatic League came to dominate a continent’s trade routes

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Mixed-race babies

Lucy Bland tells the stories of the British children of black American GIs

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Plus: Julian Humphrys makes the pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne; Janet L Nelson talks to Ellie Cawthorne about her new biography of medieval powerhouse Charlemagne; and Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge chooses Katherine Graham as her history hero.


NEXT ISSUE: The August 2019 issue of BBC History Magazine is on sale from 11 July 2019, featuring the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, a key site in the clash between the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and a fresh take of Charlemagne