May issue out now


The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition Paulina Kewes considers the sources that contributed to William Shakespeare’s portrayal of Richard III.


Elsewhere in the magazine, Matthew Hughes considers the Jewish revolt against British rule in the 1940s.

The May issue also features Tom Holland who examines the role of Abd al-Malik in the establishment of Islam in the Middle East.

Also in this issue, Michael Wood tells BBC History Magazine about his new BBC TV series, The Great British Story, which explores the history of Britain through the lives of the forgotten ‘ordinary’ people.

Meanwhile, 200 years after the assassination of Spencer Perceval, George Pentland explains how the event was celebrated as well as mourned.

Our May magazine also includes Robert J Blyth who looks back at 500 years of royal pageantry on the Thames ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.

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You can also purchase a Kindle edition of this month’s magazine via the Amazon website


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