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Pierre Henri Révoil, Mary Queen of Scots Separated from Her Faithfuls, 1822
Mary Queen of Scots is an enigma. For the last four hundred and fifty years she has been presented as a romanticCharacterised by expressions of love; or an idealised way of looking at…
Philippe de Mezieres presents his treatise to Richard II
The last two decades of the fourteenth century stand out in English history, distinguished by cultural, social and political shifts that have echoed through the centuries. Yet perhaps the most widely…
The ruins of a church in the mud of No Man's Land.
The myths of the ‘Great War’ are the foundation mythsMyths of origin that explain and give a narrative about a nation's past. of the twentieth century, providing a frame of reference for…
The sentencing of Strafford in parliament, 1641
That by the early 1640s parliament’s relationship with the king had become so oppositional it was unworkable is obvious, but what is less obvious is how it came to be so: had there been a ‘high road…
Copy of the Whitehall mural showing Henry VIII, his parents, and Jane Seymour
Henry VIII could be called England’s most memorable king. Everyone has seen his image: tall, imposing, and rotund. Likewise, everyone knows that he had six wives, and that he divorced two of them,…

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Name the historical character from their on screen depiction
Can you match the following film and TV characters to the real historical character? See if you can get over 70%!
Valentine's Day
How much do you really know about the history of Valentine's Day?
Remember, remember, the 5th of November, but how much do you remember about the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605?
Liberty Leading the People - Eugène Delacroix (1830)
The French Revolution has been called the defining moment of the Enlightenment and the modern era. Whether you love it or hate it, find out how much you know about it!
The Parthenon in Athens
From great heroes to democracy, the ancient Greeks fascinate us, but how much do you really know about them?

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Kate Loveman
Dr Kate Loveman, Associate Professor in English Literature and Samuel Pepys specialist, talks to us about the relevancy of the seventeenth century to today's political climate, Charles II's…
Clare Jackson
Dr Clare Jackson is a distinguished Stuart historian, co-editing the Historical Journal from 2004 to 2011, and publishing books on the Restoration in Scotland, and on Charles II for the Penguin…
Chalke Valley History Festival 2019
During the last week of June 2019, a festival in the beautiful rolling countryside of South West England pulled in thousands of visitors from across the country and beyond. There was music,…

Latest Reviews

London Mithraeum
Bloomberg rescued the London Mithraeum when it purchased the site of its current European headquarters, and in the process brought what was little more than a pile of stones back to awe-inspiring…
Fayke Newes: The Media vs the Mighty from Henry VIII to Donald Trump, Derek J. Taylor
'Fayke Newes' is not a history book, but it is one man’s informed perspective on the state of journalism today, and how it got to that point. It is a call for intelligent discussion, and it is a call…
Elizabeth I Study in Insecurity
Elizabeth I is one of England’s most recognisable monarchs.