Emma Mason

Emma Mason is Digital Editor for BBC History Magazine

WW1 postcard c1918 (Popperfoto/Getty Images)

‘Tis the season of “peace on Earth and goodwill to all men”. But how did the festive period fare during the First World War? Hannah Scally, senior historian at illustratedfirstworldwar.com, explains how the British Christmas adapted.

This article was first published online in 2014

John Duval Gluck, Jr, 'the Santa Claus man'. (Gluck Scrapbooks)

In 1913, a charismatic customs broker named John Duval Gluck, Jr founded the Santa Claus Association – a group responsible for answering Santa's mail in New York City. For 15 years the association received an abundance of gifts and donations from delighted New Yorkers, and Gluck himself became a Jazz Age celebrity. But in 1927, Gluck was exposed as a fraud...

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

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…


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)

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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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)

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)

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)

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)

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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