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


Writers in British hotels: Kipling at Brown’s

In the new issue, we tour the historic hotels our finest writers have made their home while they pen their tales. Here’s a taste of Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling’s love for London’s beautiful Brown’s.

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Britain’s Roman Legacy

They came, they conquered and their lasting effect on Britain is still visible to this day. From ancient forts, roads and walls, to villas, palaces and spas, discover Britain’s Roman legacy. By Penelope Rance Read More »


Tudor of the Month: Anne of Denmark

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas looks at Anne of Denmark. Although not strictly a Tudor, she was the first ‘Queen of Great Britain’ following Elizabeth I’s death.


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Bonfire Night

8 fascinating facts about Bonfire Night

We all ‘remember, remember the 5th of November’ but what exactly are we celebrating? Here, we track down 8 fascinating facts about Bonfire Night.

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Gawsworth Old Hall, Macclesfield

We explore the lives of Tudor women

Historian Elizabeth Norton’s new book, The Lives of Tudor Women, explores the seven ages of woman in the turbulent Tudor era. Here, she takes some time to answer our questions on this fascinating subject.

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Bayeux Tapestry. Credit: Robert Harding Picture Library/Alamy

10 facts about the Battle of Hastings

In 1066 William the Conqueror set sail from Normandy to take part in one of the fiercest battles on British soil and one that changed the course of history forever…

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Tudor of the Month – Sir Thomas More

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas looks at Sir Thomas More, the ‘Man for All Seasons’ who stood up to King Henry VIII.


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Belfast City Hall with statue of Queen Victoria, Belfast, Northern Ireland

10 facts about the life and rule of Queen Victoria

While her glorious legacy survives, these more homely truths have been largely forgotten about the 19th-century monarch.

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Toast Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday this summer

This year marks Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. Find out how you can celebrate the life and work of the world’s greatest storyteller with events around the UK.

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10 facts about the Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London in 1666 is part of British folklore but how much do you really know about those dramatic three days in September?
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