BBC History Magazine: February 2023

Before listing the feature articles in the February issue, a brief mention of the interview with Caroline Dodds Pennock about her new book, Savage Shores.
It traces the remarkable and little-known stories of tens and tens of thousands of Indigenous Americans who voyaged to Europe after 1492, many as slaves.

The interview is also online in the History Extra podcast. Apparently, a large proportion went to Spain and Portugal, but I can find no reference to studies in Iberia that mention finding corresponding DNA.

Feature articles are:

Medieval marvels
lan Mortimer hails the staggering progress – in everything from medicine to exploration — achieved by our medieval ancestors.

Histories of fear
Kate Summerscale explores what five phobias reveal about our anxieties though the centuries.

A golden age for women?
Marion Turner on what Chaucer’s Wife of Bath can tell us about a time of great change for women.

How the Holocaust began
James Bulgin on how the German invasion of the Soviet Union triggered a policy of annihilation in eastern Europe.
As with all things holocaust, this is nighmare-inducing reading.

Forgotten Tudor voices
Lucy Wooding profiles eight people whose experiences shed light on the challenges of life in the 16th century.
An easy read for thise with a short attention span.

The chaotic 17th century
Jonathan Healey argues that people power drove the unrest that buffeted England in the age of Charles 1 and Oliver Cromwell.

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