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Women in the Age of Sail
There can be few historical milieus as thrilling and iconic as the lives of men at sea in the glorious Age of Sail. Yet there is always something in these images that is notable for its absence – the…
Elizabeth I
In the early hours of 24 March 1603 Queen Elizabeth I died quietly in her palace at Richmond. But for those living through those hours of her final decline, it was a time of fear as well as of hope:…
Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley is famous as the wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and as the author of the classic novel Frankenstein. But these two facts, interesting as they are, belie the depth of character…

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Girl on crocodile
Many people own pets, from dogs and cats to the more exotic, but how much do you know about pets in history? Take our quiz to find out!
Moon landings
How much do you really know about the Moon landing in 1969? Try the 50th anniversary quiz and find out!
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%!

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Ben Kane
Ben Kane is a bestselling author of historical fiction, who has wowed readers with unforgettable characters, intriguing storylines, immense battles and impressive research that has taken him out of…
Paul Lay
Paul Lay is the editor of History Today and a founder of BBC History Magazine. He is also a specialist in early modern history and, in 2020, published a book on the Cromwellian Protectorate, …
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Chalke Valley History Festival has always been about making history accessible and this year it really went the extra mile. After 18 months of bleakness and uncertainty, it really has given us a much…

Latest Reviews

The Pathfinders
Will Iredale’s 'The Pathfinders: The Elite RAF Force that Turned the Tide of WWII' tells the thrilling story of the secret air force that turned Bomber Command from a damp squib into a…
Marc Morris Anglo-Saxons
For his latest book, Marc Morris has gone grander and earlier than anything he's done before. 'The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England' covers the history of England…
Ludlow Castle
Ludlow Castle, snuggled beside a bend in the River Teme as it winds its ways through south Shropshire, is at the western edge of the pretty town of Ludlow. Although this small market town that was…