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...
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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...
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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...
10 facts you didn't know about Shakespeare

10 greatest men in British history

William Shakespeare, Thomas Cromwell and Robert the Bruce all make historian Dan Snow’s top 10 of the greatest men in British history - who would make your list?   Historian and television presenter, Dan Snow shares...
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The life and times of Charles Dickens: timeline

Charles Dickens is renowned as one of the greatest writers of the Victorian period and has made grand contributions to classic English literature.    1812 Charles John Huffam Dickens is born on 7 February to John and...
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