November issue out now


The November issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, Quintin Colville and James Davey of the National Maritime Museum select 10 events in the life of Horatio Nelson that propelled him to greatness.


Elsewhere in the magazine, curator Tarnya Cooper explores what a new exhibition on Elizabethan England can tell us about everyday life in Tudor society – from Elizabeth I herself to the working poor.

The November issue also features Michael Scott, who outlines why politics cast a shadow over tragedies and comedies in fifth-century BC Athens, and David Nash tells the story of the Social Credit Party in the 1930s, also known as the Green Shirts

Meanwhile, Shane Kenna looks at the late 19th century when, in reaction to Irish republican attacks in London, Britain’s first secret police force was established.

Plus, in our new history essay feature, Sir Max Hastings argues that, despite the high cost, Britain was right to confront Germany in the First World War, while Alyson Brown visits Beaumaris Gaol in Anglesey to explore the wider topic of 19th-century prison reform.

This month’s issue also includes a interview with Philippa Langley and Michael Jones, co-authors of a new book on Richard III. You can watch an online video of the interview at in which the duo talk about the dig for Richard’s bones, and give their take on the controversial monarch’s life.


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