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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...
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...
Mary Queen of Scots

Who was Mary, Queen of Scots? Why was she imprisoned?

Mary Stuart became queen of the Scots when she was six days old, was widowed at 18 and was executed aged 44. She ruled from 1542 to 1567  Mary Queen of Scots was born in 1542,...
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...
Tudor John Knox | Scottish reformer, minister, preacher and writer

Tudor John Knox: Scottish minister, writer and leader of the Reformation

This month Melita Thomas of Tudor Times explores the life and times of Tudor John Knox, a Scottish firebrand who lived through during the reigns of King Henry VIII, Edward VI, Bloody Mary and...
King Canute trying to turn back the tide. Credit: The Print Collector/Alamy

Kings and Queens: Canute the Great 1016-1035

King Canute invited and conquered much of England - and didn't really believe he could control the tides Danish-born King Canute is often held up as an example of monarchical folly. Much of this is due...
Hamo Thornycroft's statue of King Alfred the Great in Winchester, Hampshire, England UK. Kings and Queens of England and Britain

Kings and Queens: Alfred the Great 871-899

The Anglo-Saxon King Alfred the Great fought off the Vikings In the early Middle Ages, England was divided into seven kingdoms but, as the 9th century progressed, marauding hordes of Vikings took control of large...
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