October issue out now


The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, John Cooper examines the career of Sir Francis Walsingham, security chief to Elizabeth I and a man who employed a range of dark arts and an extensive spy network to keep the Tudor queen safe.


Elsewhere in the magazine, Tracy Borman hails Matilda, the wife of William the Conquerer, a woman who “inspired a new model of queenship”.

The October issue also features Mark Burman takes a closer look at Soviet author Vasily Grossman, a national hero who fell foul of the communist regime. Mark’s documentary The Life and Fate of Vasily Grossman airs on BBC Radio 4 on 17 September. You can also hear an eight-hour dramatisation of Life and Fate between 18–24 September, also on BBC
Radio 4.

Also in this issue, Simon Jenkins discusses the history of England – from parliament to Norman bureaucracy.

Meanwhile, Gary Sheffield reveals the influence that Douglas Haig had with veterans after the First World War, which led some to fear that he might lead a rightwing revolution.

October’s magazine also includes Patricia Fara who introduces objects that have transformed our understanding of the world and the universe over the past 500 years – from early calculators to x-Ray photographs. Meanwhile, as the 2011 Rugby World Cup gets into full swing, Gavin Mortimer profiles players who were heroes on the pitch and on the battlefield.

Elsewhere, Ryan Lavelle talks to BBC History Magazine‘s Charlotte Hodgman about eight places related to Alfred the Great and the Viking raiders of the ninth century.


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