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Murder, conspiracy and execution: six centuries of scandalous royal deaths

From the public execution of Charles I to the unsolved mystery of the Princes in the Tower, dozens of British royals died in suspicious or shocking …

10 Ways Game of Thrones is Based on Actual History

What really sets Game of Thrones, or A Song of Ice and Fire (the actual name of the book series) apart from other fantasy fiction is its apparent …

TV Series

A 2nd century 007? Archaeologists discover barracks that may have been used by ancient Rome's secret service

Italian archaeologists have found the remains of a barracks that they believe may have been used by ancient Rome's equivalent of the secret service.<p>The discovery was made during deep excavations for a new metro station in Rome, named Amba Aradam after a mountain plain in Ethiopia where Italian …

Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians

Aethelflaed (r. 911-918 CE) was the daughter of King Alfred the Great of Wessex (r. 871-899 CE) and became queen of Mercia following the death of her …

8 gripping British detective shows to watch on Netflix

Nobody does detective shows quite like the Brits.<p>Sure, America has Columbo, Castle and all those tenacious CSI sleuths, but they’re no match for …

Entertainment

Arrival of Beaker folk changed Britain for ever, ancient DNA study shows

The largest ever study on ancient DNA has shown that Britain was changed forever by the arrival of the Beaker folk, a wave of migrants about 4,500 years ago who brought with them new customs, new burial practices, and beautiful, distinctive bell-shaped pottery.<p>First modern Britons had 'dark to …

Anthropology

How English is the Bayeux Tapestry?

David Musgrove considers where the Bayeux Tapestry was made and by whom, and asks historians whether it should be displayed in England<p><i>This article</i> …

Úlfhams rímur: A Tale of An Accursed Prince

An accursed king of Gotland is betrayed by his queen to an untimely death. The young prince, the legitimate heir to the throne, is imprisoned in a …

Ancient History

Vikings

The Vikings were diverse Scandinavian seafarers from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark whose raids and subsequent settlements significantly impacted the …

300 years before the fall of Rome, the empire survived 50 years of chaos

<i>With more than 5.5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or you</i> …

2,400-Year-Old Iron Age Fort Discovered In The Scottish Highlands

The remains may also have belonged to one of the area's past lords or chiefs.<p>The remains of a 2,400-year-old Iron Age fort have just been discovered …

Archaeology

The Macallan 40-Year-Old Scotch Whisky

For only the third time in their storied history, The Macallan is releasing a 40-year-old Sherry Oak single malt Scotch whisky. The journey of this …

The Tomb of Mary, Queen of Scots at Westminster Abbey

“<i>Mary Queen of Scots</i>”. These were the words I overheard from a visitor, passing their comment on the magnificent canopy tomb in the south aisle of …

Ancient History

What the Normans did for us

<i>Lady Jane Grey, England’s shortest reigning monarch, was a reluctant pawn in her father-in-law’s bid for power, and when that bid went wrong she was</i> …

1660: The year that changed everything

In terms of sheer impact on the ordinary people of England, Charles II’s restoration in 1660 is eclipsed only by the events of 1066, writes Ian …

The bloody clash that changed Britain

On the morning of 16 August 1819, an immense crowd poured into Manchester, perhaps the largest the town had ever seen. They came in an orderly and peaceful fashion. Banners bearing slogans such as “Liberty and Fraternity” and “Taxation without Representation is Unjust and Tyrannical” flapped in the …

Hung Up

Liverpool once had a medieval castle and this is what it looked like

Liverpool once had a medieval castle – and you’ve probably walked past it.<p>The Castle of Liverpool stood on the site now occupied by Derby Square and …

A Woman as Leader of Men: Joan of Arc’s Military Career

Though she was radically different from other contemporary military leaders, her troops followed her with a loyalty unsurpassed by any other …

Medieval

5 victorious wars that became fateful for Russia - Russia Beyond

<b>Struggle against Mamai (1374-1380)</b><p>Since the middle of the 13th century the various Russian principalities had been politically and economically dependent on the Golden Horde. In the late 14th century the strengthened Moscow Principality tried to throw off the power of the khans.<p>Following the …

‘Augmentations of Honour’ – Seven Emblems from Historic Coats of Arms and the Amazing Stories Behind Them

“These badges range from fantastic beasts to bizarre body parts.” By Richard Anderton FOR CENTURIES, NOBLEMEN (and sometimes women) who committed …

Fantastic Beasts

How a hard Brexit could hurt Germany: Reckoning with the worst that may befall

Despite the endless media coverage and fevered political rhetoric, no one yet knows for sure what is ultimately going to happen with Brexit. But …

The rise and fall of the Knights Templar

Dan Jones tells the story of a crack unit of holy hard-men who spent 200 years defending crusaders’ interests in the Middle East with unblinking …

10 reasons why Henry III may have been a great king

For more than five centuries, Henry III was the longest-serving English monarch and yet he has never been associated with greatness, says Darren …

How 25 London Neighborhoods Got Their Names

Ancient Anglo-Saxon chiefs, old-school religious rites, and lots of animals—London’s place names reflect the city’s bygone roots. Here are the …

The Wars of the Roses: York v Beaufort?

The Wars of the Roses have been long renowned as a feud between the houses of York and Lancaster – but can the conflict instead be seen as a deadly …

'Pirates, robbers and other malefactors': The role played by violence at sea in relations between England and the Hanse towns, 1385 - 1420

<b>“Pirates, robbers and other malefactors”: The role played by violence at sea in relations between England and the Hanse towns, 1385 – 1420</b><p>By William …

Medieval

Trial by Combat: The Bloody Business of Justice

As a community of the faithful, medieval people believed that no matter how evenly or unevenly matched the fighters were, the one who was innocent …

Medieval

Time Loves a Hero: Alarcos, Alfonso IX, and A Lost Crusade (from 1197)

There are few kings that get such a consistently bad rap in medieval Iberian studies as Alfonso IX of Leon.

Medieval

The Legendary King: How the Figure of King Arthur Shaped a National Identity and the Field of Archaeology in Britain

Drawing from archaeological evidence, historic, and current sources, we can understand King Arthur’s role as a symbol of Britain, which has affected …

Archaeology