Emma Mason

Emma Mason is Digital Editor for BBC History Magazine

Economic crisis after collapse of German Mark 1923 (Three Lions/Getty Images)
01/11/2017

As the 11th month gets under way, Graeme Donald, author of On This Day in History, reveals 10 of the strangest things that have happened in November…

25/10/2017

On 22 November 1963, Dallas Morning News reporter Hugh Aynesworth inadvertently became an eyewitness to one of the biggest turning points in history

This article was first published in November 2013

Edward The Confessor. (Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)
15/10/2017

The Anglo-Saxon age in Britain was one of the most mysterious and fascinating in history. But who were the Anglo-Saxons, and were they really as enigmatic as has been suggested? Martin Wall brings you the facts...

This article was first published in January 2016

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13/10/2017

We may think that as a society we have outgrown beliefs in evil spirits and lucky amulets, but in fact most of us are still practising some of the superstitions of our medieval ancestors, without even knowing it. Here, historical novelist Karen Maitland reveals 10 weird, but common, superstitions that persist today.

This article was first published in October 2014

Henry VIII's Mary Rose (© 19th era/Alamy)
11/10/2017

Here we bring you seven facts about Henry VIII's Tudor warship...

This article was first published in 2014

The future Queen Victoria with her mother. (Bridgeman)
04/09/2017

Victoria was born into a family that rather resented her, and her cousin Charlotte was the product of a failed three-day marriage. Meanwhile the future Edward VI was feted purely on the grounds that he wasn’t a girl. As Kate Williams demonstrates, the British royal family’s quest to produce successors has been nothing if not eventful…

This article was first published in the July 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

Admiral Horatio Nelson. (© GL Archive / Alamy)
30/08/2017

He was Britain's greatest naval hero, famed for his victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars – most famously the battle of Trafalgar, at which he was killed. Now, a BBC Two series explores Nelson’s letters, which reveal how he skilfully used PR to advance his career, and how his passionate love affair with Emma Hamilton changed his life forever

This article was first published in March 2015

Scene from Doctor Who episode 'Mission to the Unknown'. (Keystone/Getty Images)
26/07/2017

It was recently annouced that Jodie Whittaker will be taking on the iconic role of Doctor Who. Professor James Chapman looks at the history of the sci-fi series, and considers why, more than 50 years after it first aired, its popularity continues to endure…

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26/05/2017

Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, and gradually disinterred from the middle of the 18th century, Pompeii is probably the world’s most famous archaeological site. But what was life like for the Romans who lived there, pre-eruption? Not that different from our own, as Mary Beard reveals in her A to Z of the ancient town, complete with yob culture, nightlife and plonk...

This article was first published in the September 2008 issue of BBC History Magazine

Star Wars, 1977. (© Glasshouse Images/Alamy Stock Photo)
04/05/2017

Professor Nicholas John Cull explores the history of the Star Wars franchise, and explains why in 1977 thousands of people flocked to cinemas to be taken to a galaxy far, far away…

This article was first published in December 2015

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