July issue out now

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The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, Thomas Asbridge explains how relations between Muslims and Christians in the medieval period were about more than just bloodshed.

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Elsewhere in the magazine, Michael Scott explains attitudes towards displays of luxury in ancient Greece. Michael also presents a new BBC Four documentary this month on luxury in the ancient and medieval worlds.

The July issue also features Sarah Foot, who examines why the achievements of Æthelstan have been overshadowed by those of his grandfather, Alfred the Great.

Also in this issue, Denis Judd explores the slump in Britain’s fortunes between the opening of the Great Exhibition in 1851 and the launch of the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Meanwhile, Joe Maiolo discusses the impact of Germany’s V weapons during the Second World War and relates how Britain managed to mitigate disaster.

July’s magazine also includes Joseph Boughey who talks to BBC History Magazine’s Charlotte Hodgman about nine places linked to the postwar revival of Britain’s inland waterways; and Dominic Sandbrook chooses 9 August 1974 as his big day in history – the date that Richard Nixon made his final address as president of the United States.

Plus, every issue contains a FREE 16-page day planner for this month’s Festival of History, which takes place at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire on 16 and 17 July. You can find out more information about the event and buy tickets at the Festival of History website.  

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