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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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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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Glorious Georges: 300 years since reign of George I

This year marks 300 years since the first of the Hanoverian Kings, King George I, ascended to the throne and to celebrate Historic Royal Palaces will be hosting exhibitions at Kew, Hampton Court and Kensington. Read More »

Portrait of James II (1633-1701) in Garter Robes

BRITAIN: This week in history 11-17 March

This week has been an eventful one throughout history, with King James II landing in Ireland, and perhaps the most famous literary wedding of all time.

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The story of Saint Patrick

With Ireland’s patron saint’s celebration around the corner, we bring you the story on the man behind the myth.

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British prime ministers of the 20th century

Do you know who presided over the setting up of the National Health Service, or who served the shortest time as leader? Read our timeline of British prime ministers of the 20th century for all the answers.

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Robert Gascoyne-Cecil 3rd Marquess of Salisbury

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BRITAIN: This week in history 3-9 March

This week has been an eventful one throughout history, with a country ruled by two kings, and Henry VIII being denied divorce from his first wife.

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The life and times of Charles Dickens: timeline

Charles Dickens is renowned as one of the greatest writers of the Victorian period and has made grand contributions to classic English literature.

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Greatest romantic gestures in British history

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we take a look at some of the most memorable Read More »

Winston Churchill as a boy

New photos of Winston Churchill at school emerge

Images of a young Winston Churchill, considered to be the oldest original photos of the formidable leader, have been uncovered and will be sold at auction later this year. Read More »

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Queen for nine days

In one of history’s most poignant tales, we uncover the true story of Lady Jane Grey Read More »

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