January issue out now

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The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition Ryan Lavelle takes a look at the experience of warfare in Britain during the Viking Age.

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Elsewhere in the magazine Robb Robinson tells the story of the boxing fleets – named after the boxes in which their fish was packed – and their hardy crew.

The January issue also features Alyson Brown who charts the criminal career of Ruby Sparks, burglar and prison rioter in the early 20th century.

Also in this issue, Christopher Whatley examines the effect Robert Burns had on the working-class people of Scotland, and suggests three places where you can honour his memory. Meanwhile, James Carley investigates John Leland, the saviour of medieval knowledge.

Other topics this month include Martin Daunton’s discussion of some of the most unpopular forms of taxation in British history, while Chris Young analyses capitalism’s game of catch up in the Cold War. BBC History Magazine’s Dave Musgrove talks to Richard Bradley about when and why henges and stone circles were built across Britain.

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