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Captain Cook Country: explore the charming Yorkshire towns that shaped the explorer

Captain James Cook changed our perception of world geography. We explore the Yorkshire towns and villages that shaped one of Britain’s most famous explorers One day in 1746 a 17-year-old youth arrived in Whitby on...

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...
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?
George V

Who was George V? Why did he change the Royal Family’s name? 

King George V promoted the reach of the British Empire and encouraged the idea of a coalition between the three major political parties. He ruled from 1910-1936 As a descendant of Prince Albert and the...
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...

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