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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 “the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.” One of the tools that she used to spread this message around…
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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…
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Stories of the Stuarts: Louisa Maria Teresa Stuart

Louisa Maria Teresa Stuart was the second child of King James II and his second wife, Mary of Modena. Born on 28th June 1692 at St-Germain-en-Laye, Louisa was referred to as The Princess Royal by her father’s supporters, the Jacobites. James Francis Edward and Louisa…
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Stories of the Stuarts: A Stuart Christmas feast

Christmas is just that time of the year where it is perfectly acceptable to eat and drink as much as you see fit. That theory even stood during the reign of the House of Stuart, probably in a bigger sense than it does today. King Charles I and his family spent several months celebrating Christmas Much of the food that the Stuarts ate at Christmas time, we still eat today. Although their most…
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The stories of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters: Princess Alix of Hesse, the last Tsarina

Before the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 the Russian Empire was a Monarchy ruled over by the Tsar and his Consort. The last of these consorts was the wife of Tsar Nicholas II, Alexandra Feodorovna or, as she was known as a child, Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine. Born on June 6 1872, Princess Alix Victoria Helena Louise Beatrice was the fourth daughter and sixth child of Princess Alice of the…
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A Window into War: The Battle of Falkirk

For centuries prior to the Union of England and Scotland in 1603, there was a bitter rivalry between the two countries. King Edward, I of England in particular, despised the Scots and sought to rule over them, earning himself the nickname ‘Hammer of the Scots’. It was during his reign that the First War of Scottish Independence began, resulting in some battles between the English and…
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