History Revealed

January 2022

History Revealed brings the past to life for everyone. It’s an action-packed, image-rich magazine with zero stuffiness. Each issue has a central section that takes a closer look at one of history’s big stories, such as the Wild West or Ancient Rome, telling everything you need to know. We also explore the lives of the truly famous, follow the great adventures of the past, taste the blood and thunder of battles, and look at how closely Hollywood blockbusters have told history. Plus, we answer questions about some of the more surprising and strange aspects of the past. If you want to get into history, subscribe today.

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in this issue

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welcome january 2022

In AD 43, the fearsome Roman army landed in southern Britain, determined to absorb the remote island into its mighty empire. Roman legions swept across the countryside, crushing local resistance and subduing its native tribes, and bringing with them a taste of Roman life: from new roads and infrastructure, to a new religion. In this month’s Essential Guide, with the help of expert Dr Miles Russell, we examine the impact and legacy of the Roman invasion on the people of Britannia – from Boudica’s famous rebellion, to life on Hadrian’s Wall – and find out why Roman rule crumbled in c410 AD. Start reading from page 28. Elsewhere, we take a look at the remarkable story of Bass Reeves, the first black deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi River, whose…

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this minth's big numbers

3,000 The number of suspects arrested by US Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves during his storied career 87 The number of days that Publius Helvius Pertinax ruled as Roman emperor before his murder in AD 193 >19,500 The number of episodes of BBC Radio 4 favourite The Archers that have aired since 1951 GET INVOLVED FIND US ONLINE Visit our online home, historyextra.com, for a wealth of exciting content on British and world history, as well as an extensive archive of magazine content from BBC History Revealed and our sister publication BBC History Magazine. HISTORY EXTRA PODCAST Download episodes for free from iTunes and other providers, or via historyextra.com/podcast CONTACT US facebook.com/HistoryExtra twitter.com/HistoryExtra @HistoryExtra EMAIL US: haveyoursay@historyrevealed.com OR POST: Have Your Say, BBC History Revealed, Immediate Media, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES: 0117 927 9009 SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES: PHONE: 03330 162 116 EMAIL: historyrevealed@buysubscriptions.com POST: BBC…

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1912 tea and skates

In a much-needed break from ice-skating, these women enjoy a warming cup of tea and coffee on the frozen Brent reservoir in Hendon, Middlesex (now part of Greater London). Ice-skating enjoyed a boost in popularity during the mid-19th century after it was made fashionable by Empress Eugénie of France, wife of Napoleon III. Indeed, such was its appeal in Britain that the Victorians became the first to build artificial ice rinks – allowing the pastime to be enjoyed even in the height of summer. A few early ice rinks remained successful, but they were expensive to maintain, and the chemicals needed to keep the ice frozen gave off an unpleasant smell.…

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c1900 reaching new heights

Crowds in Tokyo watch on in awe as local firefighters display their agility in death-defying stunts – all while perched on top of bamboo ladders. Since the Edo period (1603–1867), Japanese firefighters have demonstrated their skills during the Dezomeshiki festival each January. The first fire brigades consisted of a team of firefighters led by one man atop a ladder who would instruct his colleagues. Today, the festival includes helicopters and trucks, but the ladder acrobatics remain as a way of honouring the bravery of those early firefighters who climbed on top of burning buildings to break them down and prevent blazes from spreading.…

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c1985 city of gold

In 1979, gold was discovered in a stream near a village in northern Brazil. Once news of the find leaked, thousands flocked to the real-life El Dorado – known as Serra Pelada – which eventually became the largest open-air mine in the world. Up to 100,000 men worked in miserable conditions, creating a crater some 200 metres wide – although each had chosen to be there in the hopes of making their fortune. It was dangerous work, involving constant digging and carrying heavy sacks up flimsy wooden ladders and steep cliffs. Although some prospectors struck lucky, the mine had its dark side, too. Crime and violence became rife in the town that grew up alongside it, and women and underage girls would sell sex in exchange for gold.…

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things we learned this month...

WOODEN FALCON BOASTS BOLEYN LINK A carved wooden falcon, bought for £75, has been revealed to have belonged to Anne Boleyn – the second wife of Henry VIII. The item’s connection to the tragic queen, who was found guilty of high treason and subsequently executed in 1536, escalates its worth to around £200,000. Antiques dealer Paul Fitzsimmons, who purchased the item at auction, first spotted its royal link thanks to the presence of a crown and sceptre. The falcon was Anne’s heraldic badge and similar carvings adorn the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace. The piece will now go on long-term loan to the palace, where it likely adorned the queen’s private apartments. After Anne’s execution, Henry VIII ordered all traces of his former wife to be destroyed, so the carving…