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William Wallace

Who was William Wallace?

Who was the legendary warrior and why is he still celebrated as a Scottish hero centuries on? Words Joan McFadden For many people, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart summed up William Wallace: a hero fighting for his country,...
Lord Robert Dudley

Tudor of the month: Lord Robert Dudley

Lord Robert Dudley had a passionate affair with Elizabeth I. Melita Thomas of Tudor Times explores why the queen didn't marry him and what happened to their relationship Lord Robert Dudley was the love of...
The Bayeaux Tapestry tells the story of the Norman Conquest

What is the Bayeux Tapestry? The story of the Battle of Hastings

As it’s confirmed that France will lend the Bayeux Tapestry to England, we tell the story of the Battle of Hastings – William the Conqueror’s decisive battle, beautifully depicted in the embroidered artwork William the...
Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire | Sir Isaac Newton drawing discovered 350 years later

Revealed: Sir Isaac Newton drawing discovered on the wall of his Lincolnshire home after...

A drawing by English scientist Sir Isaac Newton has been found etched into a wall at his childhood home, 350 years later A sketch of a windmill, said to have been etched by Sir Isaac...
King James I (James VI of Scotland)

Who was James VI? How did he escape the Gunpowder Plot?

King James oversaw a relatively peaceful reign, despite Guy Fawkes trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He was King of Scotland as James VI from 1567 and King of England and Ireland...
Adrian Vanson’s Sir John Maitland, 1st Lord Maitland of Thirlestane (1589) and an X-ray view which reveals a portrait hidden underneath the top paint layers

Remarkable portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots discovered under 16th-century painting of a man

Unfinished portrait of controversial 16th-century queen Mary Stuart found under painting of Sir John Maitland. The picture may have been painted and then covered up in dangerous times A rare portrait of Mary, Queen of...
Mary. Queen of Scots. Life of Mary, Queen of Scots

Why Mary, Queen of Scots lived one of the most dramatic lives in British...

The life of Mary, Queen of Scots was dramatic. From the day her father died, when she was a week old, to her death at the hands of an English executioner 45 years later,...
Pippa Stephenson, curator of European Art at Glasgow Museums, with the lost Rubens’ painting ‘George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham’

Lost Rubens painting of Jacobean duke found in Glasgow stately home

Oil painting by leading 17th-century Flemish artist is of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham - a controversial figure in Jacobean times For years it was thought that a portrait hanging in a stately home...
Henry VIII, James VI, William III, Mary Queen of Scots. The Kings and Queens of England and Britain

Kings and Queens of England & Britain: the monarchs who have shaped our history

The monarchy has been at the heart of British life for almost 1,200 years. Whether performing ceremonial duties or ruling absolutely, the Kings and Queens of England and Britain have shaped the direction, character...
Her Majesty the Queen by Isobel Peachey

Elizabeth II: Britain’s longest reigning monarch

HM The Queen's sense of duty has made her one of the world's most respected heads of state. She has been on the throne since 1952 Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Windsor on 21...

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