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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 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?

Victorian Christmas

The Victorian origins of Christmas traditions

Why do we send cards, eat turkey and decorate a tree at Christmas? Here’s our run down of how and why we celebrate the festive season the way we do.

Writers in British hotels: Kipling at Brown’s

Get a taste of Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling’s love for London’s beautiful Brown’s hotel, from our fabulous feature on the historic hotels our finest writers have made their home in the new issue of BRITAIN magazine.

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.

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’s death.

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.

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…

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.

Queen Victoria. Credit: Creative Commons

10 facts about the life and rule of Queen Victoria

By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain

Toast Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday this summer

This year marks Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. The country will be spending this year celebrating the work and life of the world’s greatest storyteller with festivals and celebrations across the UK.

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