History

  • The Royal Association: Off to the races… with The Queen’s pigeons

    by - Jul 27, 2014
    The Royal family is well-known for their love of animals. Today we take a look how pigeons play into a love for all creatures great and small as well as the occasional competition in the sport...
  • The Stuarts: James VI & I (part one)

    by - Jul 25, 2014
    In this new series, I will survey all of the Stuart Monarchs’ reigns chronologically, and hopefully display to you a dynasty with many a tale to tell, but that is often forgone by historians, in favour...
  • History Rewind – Mary I of England Marries Philip II of Spain

    by - Jul 25, 2014
    As we all know there are a lot of Mary’s in English history – possibly too many! For me, there’s one that stands out easily as the most memorable as her name lends itself to my favourite drink after...
  • History Rewind: The Abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots

    by - Jul 24, 2014
    Today in 1567 Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son James. James would ultimately become King James I of England and VI of Scotland in 1603. To understand how this...
  • History Rewind: Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson

    by - Jul 23, 2014
    On 23 July 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. Thousands of people lined London’s streets and an international audience of approximately 500 million gathered around their television sets to catch a...
  • Politics and Personal Rule: The Changing Face of the Monarchy

    by - Jul 22, 2014
    Today, the role of the monarch in politics can quite simply be boiled down to three simple facts; the monarch has the right to “be consulted, the right to encourage and the right to warn”. This point,...
  • Warring Plantagenets to Wonderful Windsors: The changing face of the monarchy

    by - Jul 19, 2014
    It’s hard to imagine our lovely, white haired, grandmotherly Queen acting unilaterally; that is, being autocratic. You cannot see her declaring war willy nilly, befriending other countries at the drop of her exquisitely tailored hat, or spending...
  • The tragic life of Queen Anne: the last Stuart monarch

    by - Jul 15, 2014
    Born on 6th February 1665, Anne is a Queen whose reign is often overshadowed by her female forbear Elizabeth I and one of her many successors, Queen Victoria. Both Elizabeth and Victoria reigned for longer than...
  • Behind the Royal door: Edward VIII (part two)

    by - Jul 14, 2014
    The second part of Edward VIII’s Behind the Royal door will cover the Abdication Crisis and his relationship with Mrs Wallis Simpson. You can read about Edward’s early life in the first section of Behind the Royal door: Edward...
  • History Rewind: Lady Jane Grey becomes Queen of England

    by - Jul 10, 2014
    On 10th July 1553, Lady Jane Grey became Queen of England after the death of the 14-year-old King Edward VI. Born in 1537, Jane was the great-granddaughter of Henry VII, making her a Tudor through her...