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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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Amazing mothers from British history

To celebrate Mothers’ Day in the UK we’ve picked out some great mums whose actions and offspring have had a lasting impact on the country…

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Tudor of the month: John Dudley

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, who rose from being a traitor’s son, to the most powerful man in England.

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Hidden British Libraries

We take a tour of some of the most historic and beautiful British libraries to find reading rooms worthy of our literary greats

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The gardening book that inspired King Henry VIII

We take a look at Henry VIII’s gardening manual, said to have inspired the Great Garden at Whitehall Palace that was destroyed by fire in 1698 Read More »

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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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