Our big story…
THE WILD WEST
Thanks to a steady diet of Spaghetti Westerns, the Wild West is seen as a period populated by gun-slinging outlaws, card-playing cowboys, buxom bordello girls, boomtown saloon hounds, gold-chasing chancers, wagon train-raiding Native Americans and posse-leading sheriffs.
In truth, the Wild West is a sprawling tale of conquest and survival, defined not by the actions of a few infamous individuals but by a powerful force that pulled people ever westward across the North American continent: the frontier.
PLUS… HOW WILD WAS THE WEST?
For a time, society on the frontier was lawless, violent and full of vice. But the wicked times couldn’t last. Soon enough, lawmen like Allan Pinkerton rode into town…
Also inside the issue…
MARCO POLO: THE ORIGINAL GLOBETROTTER
He changed the way the Western World looked at the planet, but we may never have heard of him at all, if it weren’t for a serendipitous meeting in jail…
The canoeing commandos of WWII’s Operation Frankton had an audacious mission: to sneak past the Nazis and blow up Bordeaux harbour…
DEATH OF THE KING
The Battle of Flodden was one of the biggest battles on English soil and saw the death of the last British King to be killed in action. We tell the bloody story…
Florence Nightingale, Fes and FDR – Letter F in History Revealed A-Z of History
Who was the Mona Lisa? And other fascinating questions answered in Q&A
The Night of the Long Knives – when Hitler purged his own party
Cheese rolling and baby jumping – the 10 strangest festivals in history
Emily Davison at the Derby – death of a suffragette
Victorian London: a tale of two cities
Daring Dutch raid humiliates the Royal Navy at Medway
Don’t cry for me: the real Eva Peron
The Dissolution of the Monasteries
… and much more!