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History

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.
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March: Tudor of the Month – Jasper Tudor

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explore the unsung Tudor hero, Jasper Tudor.

Discover the Freud Museum in Hampstead, London

To step through the front door of 20 Maresfield Gardens in picturesque Hampstead is to enter the world of Freud and his exploration of psychoanalysis.

Charlotte Bronte, National Portrait Gallery

Celebrate Charlotte Brontë at the NPG

Get a fascinating insight into the celebrated author’s life and work at major new exhibition in London featuring never-before-seen personal items.

Shakespeare, son et Lumiere

Shakespeare lights up London

A spectacular light show, Shakespeare Son et Lumière, will celebrate the bard’s links with London.

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Tudor of Month: Queen Mary I

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores Mary Tudor, England’s first sovereign queen.

Great fire london, pudding lane

Timeline of 17th-century Britain: murderous plots, plagues and a fire that destroyed most of London

From plague to fire and gunpowder plots to civil war, the 17th century with a tumultuous time for Britain. We chart the major events that helped to shape the country we know today.

Greatest romantic gestures in British history

Take some inspiration from these historic figures, who went to extraordinary lengths to prove the depth of their affection…

10 things you might not know about Bloody Mary

Discover the turbulent life of England’s first queen in her own right, Queen Mary I, and how she got her fearsome reputation…

Lord James Stewart, Regent Moray

February: Tudor of the Month – Lord James Stewart

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores the Scottish Lord James Stewart, the Regent Moray

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BRITAIN’s top 10… Shakespearean insults

Shakespeare is the cornerstone of high culture but he was also a master of the snarky put-down. Here are our top 10 Shakespearean insults.

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