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The Many Faces of Sir Walter Ralegh

Nobody has ever doubted that Sir Walter Ralegh is a significant figure. The nature of his significance has however changed over time, and those …

The Arts

Birth of William of Orange

The future William III of England was born on his mother’s nineteenth birthday in an atmosphere of profound funereal gloom. The baby’s father had …

British History

Alternative Histories - The Gunpowder Plot

<b>From The Archive</b><p>Mark Bryant looks at the rich tradition of cartoons and caricatures inspired by the Gunpowder Plot.

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

Despite its failure, the Gunpowder Plot has caught the popular imagination more firmly than any other plot in history; while Guy Fawkes, though not …

Humanities

Did the Romans Invent Christmas?

It was a public holiday celebrated around December 25th in the family home. A time for feasting, goodwill, generosity to the poor, the exchange of …

Christmas in 19th Century America

The Christmas that Americans celebrate today seems like a timeless weaving of custom and feeling beyond the reach of history. Yet the familiar mix of …

Christmas under the Puritans

There has been no stranger episode in the long history of the English Christmas than the attempt to suppress both the religious and the secular …

Charles V’s Spanish Abdication

In theory, Charles V was the most powerful monarch in Europe. A Habsburg, in his teens in 1516 he inherited Spain, which had been united by his …

Ancient Rome

A Sticky Tragedy: The Boston Molasses Disaster

On January 15th, 1919, in what was probably the most bizarre disaster in United States' history, a storage tank burst on Boston's waterfront …

Weather

The Trial of Charles I

By Sean Kelsey<p>Published in History TodayVolume 49 Issue 1 January 1999<p>English Civil War, Stuart Charles I<p>Sean Kelsey reconsiders the events of …

British History

The Execution of Louis XVI and the End of the French Monarchy

The morning of January 21st 1793 was raw and foggy in Paris. Although there was no traffic on the streets, it took a solitary coach one and a half …

World History

The Birth of Henry Tudor

The future Henry VII was born with a claim to the English crown which was extremely slight and intriguingly complicated. He was to spend his youth in …

Pious

The Execution of Charles I: The King is Dead, Long Live the Crown

The beheading of Charles I on January 30th, 1649, left an indelible mark on the history of England and on the way that the English think about …

Georgians Revealed

‘Eclipse’ was a Georgian sporting hero, the Usain Bolt of 18th-century horse racing. The son of Marske and Spilletta, he won his first race in 1769. …

The Execution of the Earl of Essex

Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex, was thirty-four years old when his head fell to the executioner’s axe. He had arrived at Elizabeth I’s court …

Sports History

St Margaret of York

On March 25th, 1586, naked but for a linen shift, Margaret Clitherow was crushed to death in the Toll Booth on the Ouse Bridge in the city of York. …

James VI and I

James VI of Scotland and I of England has had a bad press. It began with Sir Anthony Weldon, who held a minor post in the royal administration until …

Ponce de León lands in Florida

The most engaging story about the Spanish adventurer who discovered Florida for Europeans is that he went there in search of the fabled fountain of …

An Exorcism in Elizabethan London

On New Year’s Day 1586 an English Catholic priest decided that ‘all was not well’ with a young female servant in the Hackney household of Lord Vaux. …

Pumpkins growing in Colorado

Pumpkins growing in Colorado<p><i>National Geographic</i> | December 1932

'Sons & daughters have for centuries made special effort to visit home on Mothering Sunday.' Observer, 30 March 1924 http://t.co/nB8vBB2x5o

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The origin of today’s festival is murky, but it has been a tradition for centuries. By the Georgian period, it was a popular celebration much as it …

Up yours, Brutus!

by Caroline Lawrence<p>One of the first things that greeted visitors to the Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition at the British Museum …

The sad tale of James IV’s body

<b>Scotland's King James IV was killed at the Battle of Flodden 500 years ago. But what became of his body after the massacre?</b><p>Earlier this year, the discovery of the body of Richard III, killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, beneath a car park in Leicester was front-page news.<p>The obvious …

History

Great Earl of Kildare 'extended English rule over Ireland'

The Great Earl of Kildare, governor of Ireland from 1479 to 1492, extended English rule over Ireland and was not, as previously believed, …

Ireland

Painting 'reveals Walter Ralegh’s secret desire for Elizabeth I'

Conservators have uncovered a small painted sea in a portrait of 16th-century adventurer Sir Walter Ralegh, which they believe reveals the depth his …

Archaeology

A brief history of baking

We asked Professor John Walter from the University of Essex and Dr Sara Pennell from the University of Roehampton to take us through the history of …

Baking

Top five hauntings in history

<b>16th century</b><p>Advertisement<p>Anne Boleyn, whose headless ghost is rumoured to haunt the vicinity of the Tower of London and other locations, may be the …

Anne Boleyn

9 places associated with Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot

Lord Monteagle received a startling letter on the evening of 26 October 1605. An anonymous correspondent advised the English nobleman against …

What happened in the rest of the world in 1066?

<b>British people tend to see the world through key dates - 1066, 1815, 1914, 1945 etc. But what was happening in other parts of the world in those fateful years, asks Dr Michael Scott.</b><p>Last year I was watching the build-up to the London Olympics opening ceremony when a commentator quipped: "This will …

History