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Queen Boudica

A drawing of Queen Boudica

A wronged Queen, who very nearly defeated the might of Imperial Rome Boudica (also written as Boadicea) was a Celtic queen who led a revolt against Roman rule in ancient Britain in A.D. 60/61. What we know of her comes from Roman scholars such as Tacitus and Cassius Dio. Little is known about her early life, […]

Elizabeth I – The Virgin Queen

A drawing of the Virgin Queen Elizabeth 1st

Queen Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from the 17th of November 1558 until her death on the 24th March 1603. Although a monarch of her time, she is regarded as a fair ruler, but she could be short tempered and occasionally indecisive. Elizabeth was the last monarch of the House of Tudor […]

Why Assassinate Abraham Lincoln?

President Abraham Lincoln, the16th president of the United States of America was assassinated on April 14th 1865. But why? What had this ‘man of the people’ done to deserve such a violent end? Born in a log cabin in Kentucky on February 12th 1809 Abraham Lincoln was raised on the American frontier in Indiana. He […]

William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror was the first Norman king of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. He is responsible for commissioning ‘The Doomsday Book’, one of the most important historical documents ever created. William was the son of the unmarried Duke Robert 1st of Normandy and his mistress Herleva. His illegitimate status and […]

Theseus

A drawing of Theseus fighting the Minotour

Theseus was the hero of many Greek legends, most notably Theseus and the Minotaur but was he a real person? Theseus was a mythological king and founder hero of Athens, sometimes described as the son of king Aegeus and sometimes the son of the god Poseidon. He was everything a Greek hero should be handsome, […]

Henry VIII

If you think of an English monarch, 9 times out of 10 Henry VIII will come to mind. He was an imposing character in life, and what he did while he was King, good and bad he shaped the Britain we live in today! Henry VIII was born on the 28th June 1491 and became […]

Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun was a young Boy King, lost to history, until his fully intact tomb was discovered in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. He is now one of, if not the most famous of all the Egyptian Pharaohs! Tutankhamun became Pharoah of Egypt at the young age of nine years old, and reigned until […]

Dick Turpin

Dick Turpin has become a legendary figure, a heroic dandy, with ballads written about him, popular theatre shows in the 18th and 19th century, and even Film and TV shows. In reality though, he was far from dandy, and was a vicious and violent criminal! Richard (Dick) Turpin was born at the Blue Bell Inn […]

Ghandi

An Indian lawyer who used nonviolent resistance and persuasion to lead the successful campaign for India’s Independence from colonial British rule He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on the 2nd of October in 1869. Born and raised in a Hindu family in coastal Gujarat, Gandhi […]

Rasputin

A mysterious and manipulative Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man. He is best-known for befriending the royal family of Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia through whom he gained influence and power in the later years of the Russian Empire. Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was born on the 21st of January 1869 in the Siberian village […]