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Hondius's map of Guiana
When Sir Walter Ralegh visited South America in 1595, he fell in love with it – or at least in love with the idea of what it could do for him.
Polish II Corps
It has taken a long time for the endeavours of forces like the Polish II Corps to make their way back into the global consciousness. There is still a long way to go until both the heroism and…
C17 drinking
James I of England (and VI of Scotland) has not always had a good reputation. Known as ‘the wisest fool in Christendome’, he was considered slovenly, his tongue was reportedly too big for his mouth,…

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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 GetHistory.co.uk 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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Catherine Fletcher
Catherine Fletcher is a historian of Renaissance Europe, having written books on sixteenth-century Italy, Duke Alessandro de’ Medici, and the divorce of Henry VIII. She has also advised on TV series…
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, …

Latest Reviews

The Barn, Sally Coulthard
The Barn, in its simplest form, is the tale of an unassuming agricultural building – now owned by the author, Sally Coulthard – during its life from construction to artist’s studio.
Dan Jones, Powers and Thrones
In his new book, Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages, Dan Jones presents a truly epic history of Europe and beyond, spanning everything from the heights of the Late Roman Republic to…
Scenes from Prehistoric Life
'Scenes from Prehistoric Life' invites the reader on a gentle stroll through prehistoric Britain, and describes the landscapes by painting a complete picture of that place, in that time, in…