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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.

Hire your own private historic stately home

Who hasn’t dreamed of living in a castle or a stately home? Each year, thousands of British homes are listed  on Airbnb, making it affordable to live out your historic home fantasy

Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart. Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites. The 1745 Jacobite Rebellion

Bonnie Prince Charlie and The Jacobite Rebellion

One of the most pivotal periods in Scottish history, the failed rebellion of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites had widespread repercussions

Henry VIII, James VI, William III, Mary Queen of Scots. The Kings and Queens of England and Britain

Kings and Queens of England & Britain: the monarchs who have shaped our history

The monarchy has been at the heart of British life for almost 1,200 years. Whether performing ceremonial duties or ruling absolutely, the Kings and Queens of England and Britain have shaped the direction, character and…

Her Majesty the Queen by Isobel Peachey

Elizabeth II: Britain’s longest reigning monarch

HM The Queen’s sense of duty has made her one of the world’s most respected heads of state. She has been on the throne since 1952

The sun rises behind Tower Bridge, on the Thames, London. Ancient history of London, Britain

Ancient history of London timeline: from the Romans to the Normans

Our timeline traces the history of London from its Roman origins to the Norman Conquest

Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (born Mary Sidney - 1561-1621) English noblewoman, sister of the poet Philip Sidney. Mary Sidney

Tudor of the Month: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke

Mary Sidney was one of the most significant female literary figures of the Renaissance, say Tudor Times

The Prince Regent, Later George IV, in Field-Marshal’s Uniform by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Who was George IV? What were his Regency achievements?

King George IV loved the arts, architecture, fashion and furniture, presiding over the Regency era. He reigned from 1820-1830

White Tower, Tower of London, history of London’s castles

The history of London’s castles

The capital is home to many palaces that have been impeccably preserved but London’s castles are a little more elusive. Here are four of the castles in London to have withstood the test of time

George V

Who was George V? Why did he change the Royal Family’s name? 

King George V promoted the reach of the British Empire and encouraged the idea of a coalition between the three major political parties. He ruled from 1910-1936 

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit families at Peckham Central School Community Centre

Who was George VI? How did he boost morale during WWII?

King George VI boosted morale during the Second World War but struggled to keep the British Empire together. He reigned from 1936 to 1952 

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