BBC History Magazine - - Welcome - Rob At­tar Edi­tor BSME Edi­tor of the Year 2015, Spe­cial In­ter­est Brand

Pop­u­lar in­ter­est in Richard III seems to show lit­tle sign of abat­ing, as his first place in our re­cent His­tory Hot 100 poll con­firmed. But is there re­ally any­thing more to say about him? Well, ac­cord­ing to Chris Skid­more, au­thor of this month’s cover fea­ture, there cer­tainly is. For his piece on page 27 he tack­les one of the thorni­est is­sues of all: Richard’s dra­matic and vi­o­lent path to power. Was he an evil schemer or did events pro­pel him in a di­rec­tion he’d never in­tended to go?

Also this month we’re cov­er­ing two of the big­gest an­niver­saries of 2017: the cen­te­nary of Rus­sia’s com­mu­nist rev­o­lu­tion and the quin­cen­te­nary of the Euro­pean Re­for­ma­tion. On page 20, a panel of dis­tin­guished ex­perts dis­cuss the birth of the Soviet Union. Then turn to page 44, whereDavid Starkey is on typ­i­cally con­tro­ver­sial form as he of­fers his views on Martin Luther, Henry VIII and the wider im­pact of the rise of Protes­tantism. Both an­niver­saries are also be­ing ex­ten­sively cov­ered on BBC ra­dio and TV. You’ll find more de­tails on page 77.

An­other high­light of the BBC’s au­tumn his­tory sched­ule is a dra­matic retelling of the gun­pow­der plot on BBC One, star­ring Kit Har­ing­ton of Game of Thrones fame. To co­in­cide with the se­ries, we asked Han­nah Greig and John Cooper, his­tor­i­cal ad­vi­sors to the drama, to an­swer some of the key ques­tions about the events of 1605. Head to page 50 to find out why the plot­ters ul­ti­mately failed and what their plans for Eng­land were, had the gun­pow­der done its work.

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