Penny Frederick

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Tudormania: Why can’t we get over it?

One blustery spring morning, Lucy Worsley, the chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces and TV historian, marched me round Hampton Court Palace in search of Tudor pee. Traces were, she said, to be found on one of her favourite artefacts – a pisspot excavated in Henry VIII’s privy garden. “It …

Books

Game of Thrones is real-life drama - and it's all based on Scotland's gory history

HISTORY experts say if you think Game of Thrones is cut-throat, you should take a look at Scotland's past and you'll soon see the plot lines.<p>THE …

Lost album shows the ill-fated granddaughter of Queen Victoria at play

Just before she turned 18 and was unhappily wed to Prince Ferdinand of Romania, Princess Marie, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, spent three glorious years at Devonport, the Plymouth naval base of which her father, the Duke of Edinburgh, was commander-in-chief.<p>In her 1934 memoir, Marie described …

Family

Here's What Weddings Looked Like the Year You Were Born

Let's embark on a 100-year journey through the history of nuptials...<p>Oh wow, who can forget those 1970s styles?

Bad manners, pomp and circumstance and a game of thrones: Inside the court of Napoleon Bonaparte

Philip Mansel gives his view on the life of the French emperor who famously lost on the battlefield...<p>Napoleon I was a monarch obsessed with rank, …

The 10 best English queens in history

Thanks to some much-married monarchs, England has had many more queens than kings. Whether a king's wife or a ruler in her own right, each made a …

The 5 greatest mysteries behind the Wars of the Roses

It is one of the most keenly studied periods in British history, and the inspiration for the ever-popular <i>Game of Thrones</i>. But the Wars of the Roses …

Not such a prude after all: the secrets of Henry VIII’s love life

Despite having married six women and seduced countless more, Henry VIII is often depicted as something of a prude. But, as historian and author Amy …

Mind Blown: These Totally Unexpected 'Downton Abbey' Characters Were Supposed to Wind Up Together

Like, NOBODY shipped these two.<p>Now that <i>Downton Abbey</i> is out of our lives for good and the statute of limitations on leaking info to the press has passed, Allen Leech/Branson is just $#%^ing going for it. Fully support you, man.<p>At <i>Deadline</i>'s The Contenders Emmy event Sunday, Leech casually revealed …

Sex, scandals and betrayals: Charles II and his court

It is said to have been one of the most hedonistic courts in English history – a sexual merry-go-round of flirtation, seductions and infidelities. RE …

A golly gumdrops game: Downton Abbey series finale Bingo

Amid the tears of Downton Abbey’s series finale episode, don’t forget to play our special Bingo game<p>After six years, <i>Downton Abbey</i> ends on Sunday, …

Real-life 'Downton Abbey' countess explains Canadian connection

Fans of the show Downton Abbey, set in the early 1900s, may miss the series after this Sunday's show finale, but the real 'Downton Abbey,' lives …

Could you hold the fort? Ten castles for sale in Britain now - and one thing that's not medieval is the price...

• <b>Most expensive is 16th Century Edinburgh pile at £6m</b>• <b><br>Least expensive is just south of Cairngorms, on the market for £600K</b>• <b><br>At one a ghost patrols the</b> …

Scotland

What Made ‘Downton Abbey’ So Magical? Tim Teeman Speaks To PBS

The last episode of Downton Abbey airs Sunday night. Daily Beast writer Tim Teeman talked to MetroFocus’s Jack Ford about why it was so …

Robert Dudley: Queen Elizabeth I’s great love

The ‘Virgin Queen’ never married, but one suitor came closer to her than any other. Tracy Borman explores 
the complex and sometimes scandalous …

Isabella of France: Queen Consort of Edward II

About Isabella of France<p><b>Known for:</b> Queen Consort of Edward II of England, mother of Edward III of England; leading campaign with her lover, Roger …

‘Downton Abbey’ Returns at a Brilliant Gallop: S6E1 Recap

Storylines exploded thick and fast in the first episode of the show’s final season—from blackmail to warring grande dames, and a glimmer of happiness …

TV

This Is What Should Happen In The Final Season of ‘Downton Abbey’

Prepare the cucumber sandwiches. The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey begins Sunday, with personal and romantic travails anew for the …

Everyone should be allowed to age as gracefully as Lady Crawley

Infantilising older people stops them leading a fulfilling end to their lives<p>Farewell then, <i>Downton Abbey</i> – and with it, Lady Violet Crawley, the purveyor of some of TV’s best one-liners. Whether conspiring to disguise her granddaughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy, rekindling old flames with Russian …

Downton Abbey

'Downton Abbey': What to expect in season 6

<b>(CNN) —</b> Get out your lace hankies and prepare to sob quietly.<p>"Downton Abbey," the cultural juggernaut that offered the unwashed masses a glimpse into the staid yet dramatic life of early 20th-century English nobility, begins its final season in the United States on Sunday.<p>Created by Julian …

TV

Downton Abbey: The End Is Near For The Series But The Real Mansion Is Forever

While American Downton Abbey fans settle in Sunday for the beginning of the end of their addiction, they can always get a fix of another kind even after the phenomenally popular series closes with season six: Visit the real castle.<p>Highclere Castle, the Georgian mansion that has served as the set …

Downton Abbey

How Downton Abbey's Fashion Evolves for Lady Mary, Edith, and More During the Show’s Final Season

Over the course of <i>Downton Abbey</i>’s past five seasons, we've watched Lady Mary, Edith, and the rest of the impeccably-clad Crawleys telegraph the most glamorous changes in 1920s fashion—from restrictive corsets to drop waists, heightened hemlines, and straight silhouettes. As the characters in our …

TV

Downton Abbey, the film: what we know so far

With only one episode left of Downton Abbey on TV – the Christmas special – will the smash hit drama take to the big screen?<p>After six tumultuous seasons, a dozen fictional years and countless fancy frocks, <b>Downton Abbey is nearing its end</b>. On TV, at least. Earlier this year the rumour mill started …

TV

'Downton Abbey' Finale Review: Misjudged Send-Off Proves Why It's Time For Record-Breaking Show To End

I'd heard the 'Downton Abbey' cast were in tears as they filmed these very last scenes of what has been, indisputably, a telly phenomenon - and …

Meghan Trainor Never Called A Woman A 'Skinny B*tch'

Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of the Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass" song.<p>Not so much for the lyrics but more about the beat. It was just a song I could not get into at the gym or driving.<p>I will commend Meghan on the song. It has received a lot of criticism because of the …