History Category

15/04/2019

King Henry VIII’s six marriages

King Henry VIII (1491-1547) was married six times. Three of those marriages were annulled and two of…

18/03/2019

The Crimean War

The British participation in the Crimean War (1854-6) can be likened to joining in a playground squabble…

08/03/2019

Arrival of the Angles

It is thought that the Angles originated in Poland but had moved to central Denmark by the…

26/02/2019

King Edward VIII’s abdication

King Edward VIII (1894-1972) is the only British monarch to have abdicated. He ascended the throne in…

24/02/2019

“We shall fight on the beaches”

In 1940 the war with Germany was not going well. Belgium, The Netherlands and France had all…

21/02/2019

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle was originally built in the 12th century in the time of the Scottish King David…

14/02/2019

Domesday Book

The invasion of Britain by William the Conqueror in 1066 was devastating for the English nobility, because…

27/01/2019

£.s.d.

Until UK currency changed in 1971, when the pound (£) became equivalent to 100 pence (called ‘decimalisation’),…

22/01/2019

The first King of England

The first man who could seriously claim to be ‘Rex tot. Brit.‘, as shown on the coins…

29/12/2018

The Restoration

It must be said that King Charles I’s reign was a complete disaster, which ended in 1649…

09/12/2018

Guy Fawkes Night

The 5th November is known as Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, as it commemorates a treasonous…

03/12/2018

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn,…