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The rich tapestry of Britain’s history is full of fascinating characters, imposing castles and literary heroes. From the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the Battle of Britain, the Tudor period to the Victorian era, Shakespeare to Dickens, Britain has a unique heritage like no other. Much of this historical treasure trove has been preserved to inspire us today.

The Battle of Hastings lasted one day. It was one of the longest battles in the medieval world, so a break for lunch was taken

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BFI launches Britain on Film archive

Thousands of unseen videos dating back as far as 1902 offer a charming insight into life around Britain.

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The rise of Queen Elizabeth I

The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was known as the ‘Virgin Queen’ for her failure to marry but she reigned over an exciting period of English accomplishment.

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Henry VIII: King of England

Remembered as much for his wives as his politics, we delve into the life of this most complicated monarch, who is perhaps the most well-known of all the Kings of England.

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The Battle of Waterloo by Jan Willem Pieneman 1824. Credit: FineArt/Alamy

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

On 18 June 1815 a bloody encounter 10 miles south of Brussels altered the course of Europe’s history and gave the English language a new maxim: to meet your Waterloo. Here are some of the best ways to commemorate the anniversary of Wellington’s famous victory against Napoleon.

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10 facts you didn't know about Shakespeare

10 greatest men in British history

William Shakespeare, Thomas Cromwell and Robert the Bruce all make historian Dan Snow’s top 10 of the greatest men in British history – who would make your list?

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Penelope Devereaux by Nicholoas Hilliard. Credit: Royal Collection/Wikipedia

Tudor of the month: Penelope ‘Lady Rich‘ Devereux

Together with Tudor Times we bring you a profile on a different Tudor figure every month. This month it’s the turn of the woman who refused to play by the rules of the Tudor court.

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Queen Elizabeth I. Credit: Credit: World History Archive/Alamy

10 of the greatest Queens of England

From ferocious Boudica to ‘Good Queen Bess’ and Queen Elizabeth II, author Elizabeth Norton discusses the most powerful women to have ruled in British history Read More »

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The good fight

It is over 100 years since the suffragette Emily Davison threw herself in front of the king’s horse at the Epsom Derby. Read More »

Mary of Guise featured image. in a 1537 painting by 1537 by Corneille de Lyon. Credit: E P Jones/Wikimedia

Tudor of the month: Marie of Guise

Together with Tudor Times we bring you a profile on a different Tudor figure every month. This month it’s the turn of the wife of King James V of Scotland…

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Sudeley knot garden. Credit: Tudor Times

Tudor gardens: everything you ever wanted to know

Melita Thomas of Tudor Times shares some insight into the gardening techniques of King Henry VIII and his royal household.

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