The March issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our latest issue, Gareth Williams reveals the secrets behind the Norsemen’s maritime successes.
Meanwhile, Edward Stourton explains how Mao Zedong exploited a foundation myth of China’s communists.
Elsewhere in the issue, Lauren Mackay describes the insights into Henry VIII’s six wives, provided by an observer of the king’s court.
The magazine also features Juliet Gardiner on the lengths to which people in Britain went to survive German bombs during the Second World War.
Meanwhile, Michael Wood comments on the recent excavation of a grave previously thought to contain the bones of Alfred the Great.
And Julie Gottlieb and Matthew Stibbe explore the figure dubbed by Adolf Hitler as the “perfect Nazi woman”.
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