December issue out now


The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition Caroline Burt seeks to challenge the negative reputation of Edward I, the ‘Hammer of the Scots’.


Elsewhere in the magazine, as the US gears up for its presidential election, Adam Smith considers some historical parallels.

The December issue also features Owen Davies, who lifts the lid on 10 infamous examples of ‘witches’ being brought to account. You can also see if you would have been subject to an accusation of witchcraft in the early modern period by trying our witch test:

Also in this issue, Richard Huzzey explains how anti-slavery drives could mask colonial exploitation.

Meanwhile, Emelyne Godfrey reveals a novel way in which suffrage campaigners sought to defend themselves.

Our December magazine also includes Christopher Duggan, who shows that many Italians were enthusiastic supporters of Facism and the duce, while Anne Duggan looks at seven places related to Thomas Becket, the man whose martyrdom has inspired Christians across Europe for 800 years.

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


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