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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.
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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…

Henry VIII. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

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.

Mary I: the first Queen of England

Mary I was the first queen to rule England in her own right and made quite an impact on the country and her people, with her brutal rule earning her the sobriquet ‘Bloody Mary’

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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.

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.

The English cathedral

The interiors of England’s 42 Anglican cathedrals are strikingly different. We examine the history and design of these majestic buildings

Prince George: What’s in a royal name?

 We look at Prince George’s colourful royal namesakes and how they fared on the throne.

British peerage

Duke, marquess, earl, viscount, baron – which is the most highly ranked, where did the titles come from, and who are the ancestors of today’s peers?

Scotland’s stately homes

Some of Britain’s best houses and castles are in Scotland, with their own distinctive character

Divorced, beheaded, survived… the wives of Henry VIII

Born the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, handsome Prince Henry was not expected to become king

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