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King Canute the Great: 1016-1035

Who was King Canute and did he really believe he could control the tide? We tell the story of the legendary King of England Danish-born King Canute is often held up as an example of monarchical...
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Alfred the Great: King of Wessex 871-899

We chart the reign of the Anglo-Saxon King Alfred the Great, who successfully fought off the Vikings. In the early Middle Ages, England was divided into seven kingdoms but, as the 9th century progressed, marauding...
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Charlie Chaplin: his life story

As a blue plaque is unveiled in his honour, we tell the story of London-born Charlie Chaplin – a British comedy genius who used silent films to convey a subtlety that revolutionised cinema Today, British...
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The Tudor Rose, Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York was a queen who was greatly loved in her own lifetime, and sincerely mourned at her death, yet for five hundred years she has been half-forgotten. Melita Thomas of Tudor Times...

The rise of Queen Elizabeth I

The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was known as the ‘Virgin Queen’ for her failure to marry but she reigned over an exciting period of English accomplishment. From the moment of her...
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Henry VIII: King of England

Remembered as much for his wives as his politics, we delve into the life of this most complicated monarch, who is perhaps the most well-known of all the Kings of England. “Have fun with Henry...
10 Majestic facts about Queen Elizabeth II

10 majestic facts about Queen Elizabeth II

Think you know everything there is to know about our reigning monarch? Then why not test yourself with our list of 10 facts?
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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.    1812 Charles John Huffam Dickens is born on 7 February to John and...

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