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Historic Battles

Battle Abbey, East Sussex, England. Credit: Visit Britain

Britain’s 5 major turning points in history

As Britain takes the historic decision to exit the European Union, we take a look at five other major turning point in the history of the UK which have helped to make it the fascinating country it is today.
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...
A portrait of Henry V of England

Who was Henry V? What was his role in Agincourt?

Henry V secured victory at the Battle of Agincourt and helped cement English as Britain's national language. He reigned from 1413-1422 Born in Monmouth Castle in 1386, Henry became Prince of Wales aged 13, following the...
Edward I

Who was Edward I? Was he really a heartless leader?

King Edward I took an aggressive approach to Wales and Scotland - although he was rather fond of his wife. He reigned from 1272-1307 King Edward I learned of his father, King Henry III's death in November...
Llansteffan Castle in Wales

Who was Llywelyn the Great? Which Welsh castles did he conquer?

Llywelyn ap Iorwerth was the greatest Welsh statesman of the Middle Ages. He ruled from 1195-1240 Born in Dolwyddelan Castle, near Conwy, around 1173, Llywelyn ap Iorwerth was the greatest Welsh statesman of the Middle...
A statue of King Richard I stands outside the Houses of Parliament, London

Who was Richard I? What was his part in the Crusades?

Richard I - also known as Richard the Lionheart - led the Third Crusade and conquered Cyprus. He reigned from 1189-1199 King Henry II's third son was known as Richard the Lionheart in recognition of his...
King George III

Who was George III? What was his role in the American War of Independence?

Under King George III, Britain lost the American War of Independence, but won the Seven Years' War and the Napoleonic Wars. He reigned from 1760 to 1820 With no surviving heir, the death of Queen...
Oliver Cromwell painting

Who was Oliver Cromwell? What was his role in the English Civil War?

Oliver Cromwell sided with the Roundheads during the English Civil War and became a leader of the New Model Army. He ruled from 1653 to 1658 The only non-royal to rule the country, Oliver Cromwell...
King Charles I (1600-1649) on Horseback by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Who was Charles I? Why was he beheaded?

King Charles I's belief that he could rule without parliament led to the outbreak of the English Civil War. he reigned from 1625 to 1649 King Charles I made a great art lover. His refined tastes...
A statue of Robert the Bruce outside Bannockburn Heritage Centre in Stirling, Scotland

Who was Robert the Bruce? Who did he murder?

Robert I of Scotland murdered his rival, attacked English occupiers and eventually negotiated peace talks. He ruled from 1306 to 1329 Born in Ayr in 1274, Robert the Bruce was on the side of King...

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