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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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King John and the sealing of Magna Carta

Over 800 years after the sealing of Magna Carta, we examine the significance of the charter, which lay down the foundations for civil liberties across the world. Read More »

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Mary, Queen of Scots: the six-day-old queen

Executed for treason by Queen Elizabeth I, we uncover the key life events of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned for 19 years.

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Castle Howard, York

Designed by an architectural novice and famed for starring roles in Brideshead Revisited and TV’s Victoria, Castle Howard is a fascinating stately home Read More »

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Edinburgh Castle

The most besieged place in Britain, Scotland’s biggest attraction still stands proud above its capital city 900 years after its inception

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5 places to celebrate Britain’s literary heroes

From the Brontë sisters to Beatrix Potter, a visit to Britain is a great opportunity to explore the home life of the brilliant authors we all love.

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10 Tudors who shaped modern Britain

The Tudor age was a tumultuous period of history that did much to shape modern Britain as we know it. Here Melita Thomas, of the Tudor Times, selects the 10 most influential men and woman of that era.

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Bess of Hardwick

January: Tudor of the Month – Bess of Hardwick

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas looks at Elizabethan entrepreneur Bess of Hardwick, one the era’s most formidable women.

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BRITAIN’s TV and film locations 2016 – part 2

We’ve been treated to yet more wonderful film and TV in the second part of 2016, and many more beautiful British places acted as lovely locations. Read More »

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The legend of King Arthur and Camelot

The story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table endures, but who was Arthur and why does his legend live on?

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The Victorian origins of Christmas traditions

Why do we send cards, eat turkey and decorate a tree at Christmas? Here’s our run down of how and why we celebrate the festive season the way we do.

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