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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...
Charlie Chaplin eats his shoe in a scene from 1925 film gold Rush. Charlie Chaplin life story

Charlie Chaplin: his life story

As a blue plaque is unveiled in his honour, we tell the story of London-born Charlie Chaplin – a British comedy genius who used silent films to convey a subtlety that revolutionised cinema Today, British...
Elizabeth of York

The Tudor Rose, Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York was a queen who was greatly loved in her own lifetime, and sincerely mourned at her death, yet for five hundred years she has been half-forgotten. Melita Thomas of Tudor Times...
King Henry VIII. Credit: vincevoigt/ISTOCK

Henry VIII: King of England

Remembered as much for his wives as his politics, we delve into the life of this most complicated monarch, who is perhaps the most well-known of all the Kings of England. “Have fun with Henry...

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