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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.
White Tower, Tower of London, history of London’s castles

The history of London’s castles

The capital is home to many palaces that have been impeccably preserved but London’s castles are a little more elusive. Here are four of the castles in London to have withstood the test of time

George V

Who was George V? Why did he change the Royal Family’s name? 

King George V promoted the reach of the British Empire and encouraged the idea of a coalition between the three major political parties. He ruled from 1910-1936 

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit families at Peckham Central School Community Centre

Who was George VI? How did he boost morale during WWII?

King George VI boosted morale during the Second World War but struggled to keep the British Empire together. He reigned from 1936 to 1952 

William Wallace, Scotland's greatest hero

William Wallace, Scotland’s greatest hero

Mel Gibson played him in Braveheart, but William Wallace was, of course, also a real person. He was Scotland’s greatest hero.

King William III (1650-1702) after Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723) at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Who were William III and Mary II? What was the Glorious Revolution?

William III and Mary II were joint sovereigns in the ‘Glorious Revolution’, marking the transition to today’s parliamentary monarchy. They reigned from 1689-1702

Battle of Naseby, English Civil War. Key moments in the English Civil War. English civil War timeline

English Civil War timeline: Roundheads vs Cavaliers

It was one of the most tumultuous periods in British history and culminated in the execution of King Charles I. Our English Civil War timeline charts how Royalists became fiercely pitted against Parliamentarians

Windsor Castle

Six medieval castles near London

You don’t have to leave the capital far behind to immerse yourself in history. Pay a visit to one of these medieval castles near London for an unforgettable day trip…

Queen Elizabeth I at prayer, after the frontispiece to Christian Prayers, 1569

Who was Elizabeth I? What was her part in the Spanish Armada?

Queen Elizabeth I presided over an age of discovery that saw the establishment of the English Protestant church, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the flourishing of the arts. She reigned from 1558-1603 

Queen Anne (1665-1714) by Sir Godfrey Kneller

Who was Queen Anne? What was her role in the Treaty of Union?

Queen Anne oversaw the Treaty of Union and the Acts of Union bringing England and Scotland together under a single parliament of Great Britain. She reigned from 1702 to 1714

King Henry VIII (1491-1547) by the studio of Hans Holbein the younger

Who was Henry VIII? What did he think of his six wives?

King Henry VIII staged six royal weddings, became Ireland’s first English monarch and sowed the seeds for a multicultural Britain. He reigned from 1509-1547

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