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.

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…

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

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

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

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

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 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

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