December issue out now


The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, Helen Rappaport explains how the death of Prince Albert on 14 December 1861 dealt a hammer blow to the monarchy, and examines the extent of Queen Victoria’s grief.


Elsewhere in the magazine, BBC History Magazine‘s Rob Attar speaks to three veterans who endured forced marches as PoWs during the Second World War.

The December issue also features Tim Jeal who reveals the race to find the source of the Nile in the 19th century, including life-threatening illnesses and brutal spear attacks.

Also in this issue, James Holland, presenter of a new BBC documentary on the Dambusters raid of 1943, argues that the attacks were more than merely a PR victory.

Meanwhile, Adam Nicolson traces the rise and fall of the gentry through three landed families in Yorkshire, Kent and the West Country, while Ardis Butterfield questions whether Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales in English purely to challenge the dominance of French and Latin in written texts.

December’s magazine also includes Ian Hislop who explains how Victorian philanthropists would serve as excellent role models for today’s bankers and BBC History Magazine‘s Charlotte Hodgman speaks to Kate Williams about the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and visits eight related places.

Elsewhere, Anna Whitelock examines whether the National Trust needs its cultural revolution in this month’s opinion piece, and Professor Ray Laurence offers his tips to visitors travelling to Pompeii in AD 79.


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