History

  • Review: Wolf Hall – Aldwych Theatre, London

    by - Sep 1, 2014
    Mike Poulton’s theatrical adaptions of Hilary Mantel’s two Man Booker prize winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, have consistently received five star reviews from newspapers and critics alike since it debuted in Stratford-upon-Avon last December. These productions...
  • Behind the Royal door: The Prince John

    by - Aug 30, 2014
    Behind the Royal door returns, and we move to look at a little known Prince, who would have been an uncle to The Queen… John Charles Francis of Wales was born in 1905, at York Cottage...
  • History Rewind: Lord Mountbatten killed by IRA bomb

    by - Aug 27, 2014
    On 27th August 1979 Her Majesty The Queen’s cousin, Lord Mountbatten, was tragically killed by an IRA bomb blast whilst on his boat in Ireland. It wasn’t just Mountbatten who perished on the boat; one of his...
  • The women behind the Crown: Influential Queen Mothers – Empress Matilda

    by - Aug 26, 2014
    “Great by birth, greater by marriage, greatest in her offspring: here lies Matilda, the daughter, wife, and mother of Henry” - The epitaph on Empress Matilda’s tomb In the first blog of this series, we looked at...
  • The service never ends: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    by - Aug 25, 2014
    It could be argued that The Royal Navy was the main driving force behind the British Empire becoming a dominant world presence since its expansion in the 16th century. The Navy is the oldest of the British...
  • Georgie, Willy, Nicky – Three Monarchs, One World War

    by - Aug 23, 2014
    Everyone knows that one chap who is constantly sticking his nose into things that don’t concern him, badgers people about issues he knows nothing about or constantly insists that they know what is going on and...
  • History Rewind: The Battle of Bosworth

    by - Aug 22, 2014
    The Battle of Bosworth, which was fought on 22nd August 1485, is one of England’s defining battles as it resulted in the end of Richard III’s reign and led to Henry Tudor becoming King Henry VII. This...
  • The women behind the Crown: Influential Queen Mothers – Victoria, Duchess of Kent

    by - Aug 21, 2014
    The latest instalment of our Influential Queen Mothers series delves in to the life of Victoria of Saxe Coburg Saalfeld, the mother of this country’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Victoria. Victoria may not have been the wife of...
  • History Rewind: The Birth of the “Sailor King”, William IV

    by - Aug 21, 2014
    Today in 1765 King William IV was born in Buckingham Palace. So often looked over by historians and royalists alike, William IV lived an extraordinary life that covered war, peace, rebellion and personal triumph. He is...
  • A brief history of heraldry

    by - Aug 18, 2014
    Perhaps one of the most enduring aspects of Medieval England is heraldry. Though it originated in the 12th century, coats of arms and other forms of heraldry continue to be used even today, be it by...