Historic Battles

The Bayeaux Tapestry tells the story of the Norman Conquest

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

We tell the story of the Battle of Hastings – William the Conqueror’s decisive battle, beautifully depicted in the embroidered artwork William the Conqueror's arrival on the shores of southern England changed the course of...
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... Here are 10 facts about...

Five ways to follow in the footsteps of King Richard III

New film The Lost King shines a light on the incredible story of King Richard III who lay forgotten in a car park for 500 years Promotional feature in association with Visit Leicester Ten years ago,...

The Princes in the Tower: the facts behind the stories

The story of the Princes in the Tower remains shrouded in mystery. Did Richard III have them killed after he seized the throne? We take a look at the facts behind the stories... 2022 marks...
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.

Battle of Tewkesbury 550th: Roses remembered

This year marks two historic anniversaries for Tewkesbury. But what put this small Cotswolds town on the map? A simple brass plaque in the quire of Tewkesbury Abbey commemorates the burial of Edward, the Lancastrian Prince...
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 King 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...
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