History

  • A Peculiar Prerogative

    by - Jan 19, 2014
    When King Charles I was executed by the command of Parliament, on a cold morning in 1649, the peoples, of the then Commonwealth of England lived supressed under the rule of an omnipotent Lord Protector. Between...
  • Scotland and the Act of Union: Over 300 years on

    by - Jan 18, 2014
    On January 16, 1707 the Act of Union was passed under Queen Anne. This historic document, and one of the few important legislative pieces to be passed under her reign, brought together the thrones and Parliaments...
  • Mary – Queen Of Hearts?

    by - Jan 12, 2014
    Whenever Queen Mary, Consort of King George V, is mentioned, what do you think? A stern, old fashioned matriarch who did not care about her family or do you think a traditional, caring queen who not...
  • Why Cambridge University has been luckier for queens in class than kings in waiting

    by - Jan 11, 2014
    As Prince William begins his studies at Cambridge University, he might want to avoid looking at the academic careers of some of the other kings to be who have attended the institution. For while heirs to...
  • Anne of Cleves, A Flanders Mare: Part 1

    by - Jan 11, 2014
    Everyone knows that Henry VIII had six wives, with the rhyme ‘Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived’, recording their largely unenviable fates. Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, is a household name, but what of the other...
  • William III – The Invader King

    by - Dec 28, 2013
    On this day in 1688, the Dutch Stateholder William III of Orange made a triumphant march into London ending the reign of King James II. In what history has since coined the “Glorious Revolution” William of...
  • Judith of Francia: Twice Queen of Wessex

    by - Dec 20, 2013
    Anglo-Saxon queens receive very little attention, with it commonly believed that there were no pre-Conquest queens in England. Such an assertion is patently untrue, as the lives of early queens, such as Elfrida, Emma of Normandy...
  • Edward VIII abdication: 77 years ago today

    by - Dec 10, 2013
    On 10 December 1936 when the clock stuck 10 am, Edward VIII who had been king since 20 January of the same year upon the death of his father, King George V, put pen to paper...
  • Empress Matilda, Lady of the English

    by - Dec 2, 2013
    On 25 November 1120 the White Ship sank off the coast of Normandy not long after it set out for England. The ship, which was fast and well-built, went down quickly, with only two survivors. Unfortunately,...
  • 14 years since Australia said no to becoming a Republic

    by - Nov 29, 2013
    Just recently on the 6th of November, Australia marked 14 years since voting “no” in a referendum to abolish the Australian Monarchy and become the Republic of Australia. The topic of Monarchy vs Republic has always...