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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.
Jane Austen, portrait

BRITAIN’s top 10 Jane Austen quotes

Here, we gather her greatest pearls of romantic wisdom from one of Britain’s best-loved writers. Here are our favourite Jane Austen quotes.

Richard II, globe

10 facts about King Richard II’s reign

King Richard II surrendered power to his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, who went on to reign as King Henry IV. We know him best as Shakespeare’s tragically vain ruler. But where does fact meet fiction?

Elizabeth II's Coronation

Palace exhibitions mark HM The Queen’s long reign

Beautiful photos of the monarch in public and private are now on display at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Princes in the Tower

The story of the Princes in the Tower remains shrouded in mystery. Did Richard III have them killed after he seized the throne? We take a look at the facts behind the stories.

Top 10 August bank holiday days out

Summer bank holidays can go either way – glorious sun or endless showers – but with these wonderful events, you’re sure to have great time whatever the weather.

Lady Katherine Grey

Tudor of the Month: Katherine Grey

Together with Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas tackles Lady Katherine Grey, a woman imprisoned by her royal blood.

Vivien Leigh, V&A

Vivien Leigh exhibition to open in York

Iconic Gone with the Wind star’s public and private life is explored with stunning photos and other highlights from the actress’ personal collection.

The Battle of Culloden, Jacobite rebellions, Scottish history. Credit: The Print Collector/Alamy

The 300th anniversary of the Jacobite Rebellions

In the 300th anniversary year of the first of the Jacobite Rebellions, here are three ways to mark this important moment in Scottish history.

Duchess of Rutland, Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Behind the scenes at Britain’s grand stately homes

We talk to the duchesses who run Belvoir Castle, Inveraray Castle, Alnwick Castle and Woburn Abbey about the realities of running a stately home in the 21st century.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie Festival celebrates queen of crime

Hundreds of events lined up in Torquay to honour the life, literature and legacy of Britain’s much-loved writer.