February 2015 issue is on sale now!
The 17th century saw the rise of an anarchic era of maritime lawlessness. This was a time of great fear on the open waves, it was the Golden Age of Piracy.
Our big story…
PIRATES: THE GOLDEN AGE OF PIRACY
Explosive personalities and daring-but-dastardly deeds from this period have ricocheted through time, resonating with the inner rebel and rogue in all of us. They have inspired characters such as Captain Hook, Long John Silver and Jack Sparrow, but the real pirates would leave these guys for dead in a genuine Buccaneer of the Year contest.
Plus… Edward Teach: Blackbeard
Meet the pirate who earned a centuries-spanning reputation as the most dastardly sea-devil of them all, but who may have been one of the kindest – or rather, less villainous…
Also inside the issue…
It could have been the worst tragedy in NASA’s history, but instead it was turned into their finest hour
INTO THE VALLEY OF DEATH
The Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava has gone down as shorthand for doomed heroism and military incompetence – why?
BOUDICCA: WARRIOR QUEEN
Unravelling the myth of the Queen of the Iceni and a leader who almost drove the Romans from Britain, leaving rivers of blood in her wake
Who was the Grand Old Duke of York? And other fascinating questions answered by our panel of experts in Q&A
The Munich Air Disaster
Winston Churchill – the life of a born leader
The evolution of St Valentine’s Day
The original Marathon Man? Pheidippides and his historic run
Unleashing the pooches – the top 10 dogs in history
The Treaty of Waitangi – the making of modern New Zealand
You could win a prize by completing this month’s historical crossword
… and much, much more!