Who was Charles II? Why was he called the ‘Merry Monarch’?
Charles II ran a hedonistic court, despite the early years of his reign being marred by the bubonic plague and Great Fire of London. He reigned from 1660-1685
Who was Oliver Cromwell? What was his role in the English Civil War?
Oliver Cromwell sided with the Roundheads during the English Civil War and became a leader of the New Model Army. He ruled from 1653 to 1658
Who was Mary, Queen of Scots? Why was she imprisoned?
Mary Stuart became queen of the Scots when she was six days old, was widowed at 18 and was executed aged 44. She ruled from 1542 to 1567
London’s stately homes: Kenwood, Chiswick and Ham House
Better known for its royal palaces, London also boasts some great houses that provide a glimpse into the city’s aristocratic past. Here are some of the most magnificent of London’s stately homes
Tudor John Knox: Scottish minister, writer and leader of the Reformation
This month Melita Thomas of Tudor Times explores the life and times of Tudor John Knox, a Scottish firebrand who lived through during the reigns of King Henry VIII, Edward VI, Bloody Mary and Queen…
Queen Victoria’s secret garden terrace opens to the public
A garden terrace where Queen Victoria sat and painted watercolours at her Isle of Wight home, Osborne House, is opening to the public
Castles you can stay in: book a room in a British castle
From dungeons and haunted turrets to four-poster beds and glorious spas, a stay in one of Britain’s castles is a magical and mysterious experience.