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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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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.

10 facts about the life and rule of Queen Victoria

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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.

10 facts about the Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of 1666 is part of British folklore but how much do you really know about those dramatic three days in September?

The truth about the Great Fire of London

The famous blaze raged for days and its impact is still felt on the capital’s skyline. Neil Jones takes a closer look at the extraordinary events of the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Margaret Tudor, Tudor of the Month

Tudor of the Month – Margaret Tudor

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores the dramatic life of Henry VIII’s sister, Margaret Tudor.

10 of the best stately homes

Britain has a wealth of beautiful stately homes, many of which are used as sets for filming period dramas for film and television. Here is our pick of the best.

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Help restore Culzean Castle’s kitchen garden

The historic kitchen garden at Culzean Castle in Carrick, Scotland, set to be restored using funds raised by the National Trust for Scotland’s US Foundation.

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