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Medieval past of quaint County Durham village set to be revealed

If you’ve always wanted to be an archaeologist, or maybe just for one day, you can now join a 12-day excavation by the Northern Archaeological Associates at the medieval remains of Brignall. Brignall is located near Greta Bridge in the County of Durham. The project is in need of volunteers, and you do not even need experience, as a full training will be provided. The project is set the begin…
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Monarchy Rules: a look at George IV

The future George IV was born at St. James’s Palace on 12 August 1762 to George III and his Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Upon the birth, he automatically became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay, but he was also created Prince of Wales and Earl of…
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Monarchy Rules: a look at Edward VIII

Edward in childhood The Duke of Windsor was born to be king. He was called by destiny to the highest position in the State. As the eldest son of the eldest surviving son of the heir-apparent, he was in direct line of succession. His entire early life, every aspect of his education and training, was directed towards equipping him to undertake the massive responsibility that was destined to be…
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Royal Portraiture: The Pelican and The Phoenix

Elizabeth I inherited many traits from her father King Henry VIII, such as her hair colour, her boundless intelligence, and her often used the skill with propaganda. Elizabeth was technically only England’s second queen, so she had to prove to her people that she had…
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Royal Portraiture: Propaganda Painting

Today, images of the Royal Family are everywhere. As technology advances, we can instantly retrieve images of any member of the Royal Family, both in private and outperforming their royal duties. Now, because of this, the members of the royal family can be recognized instantly. However, this was not always the case, many of the royal portraits released by monarchs of the past were not very…
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Just why is Queen Mary I known as 'Bloody Mary'?

While King Henry VIII lived, his greatest fear was dying without a male heir to the throne. As it turns out, he needn’t have worried, for when he died in 1547, King Henry was succeeded by his son Edward VI. But the new King Edward was very frail and sickly boy of nine…
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By Royal Appointment: The Queen and her handbag

Sam Launer came to England from Czechoslovakia as a Jewish immigrant and founded the company of Launer around 1941. He brought with him an idea that is as important to the company today as it was then: leather goods should be elegant, be formed out of the best materials available and made by highly skilled craftspeople. Launer championed British, handmade goods at a time when others in the…
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