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King Henry VIII (1491-1547) by the studio of Hans Holbein the younger

Who was Henry VIII? What did he think of his six wives?

King Henry VIII staged six royal weddings, became Ireland's first English monarch and sowed the seeds for a multicultural Britain. He reigned from 1509-1547 We all know King Henry VIII because of his six wives....
The Meeting of Edward V (1470-1483) and his Brother Richard, Duke of York (1473-1483) contemplated by King Richard III by James Northcote

Who was Richard III? Where was his body found?

Richard III was caricatured by Shakespeare and accused of killing his nephews, while his remains were found under a car park in Leicester. He reigned from 1483-1485 King Richard III may well be the most...
King Edward VIII with Wallis SImpson

Who was Edward VIII? Why did he abdicate?

King Edward VIII reigned for less than a year, abdicating so that he could marry American socialite and divorcee Wallis Simpson. He was on the throne in 1936 Edward VIII’s reign was Fleeting, fascinating and...
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) by Richard Rothwell (1800-1868) after Thomas Sully

Who was Queen Victoria? What was her role in the British Empire?

Queen Victoria presided over a time of industrial expansion, educational advances, the abolition of slavery and workers' welfare. She reigned from 1837-1901 Queen Victoria was the matriarch of the British Empire. She epitomised the values of...
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...

Who was Charles II? Why was he called the ‘Merry Monarch’?

Charles II ran a hedonistic court, despite the early years of his reign being marred by the bubonic plague and Great Fire of London. He reigned from 1660-1685 Known as the ‘Merry Monarch’, Charles II’s...

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