The Tudors are cool again. For the past few centuries Henry VIII has been regarded as a bloated, ulcerated wife-killer whilst his unfortunate assortment of spouses have been reduced to a playground ditty - "Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived". Then in 2007 The Tudors, hit our...
This article is the extraordinary story of how, in an age where rank and virtue were crucial attributes for a wife, a commoner and mistress became the first lady in England, and the mother of a Royal Dynasty.
The iron maiden, Crucifixion, German Chair and many more. Here are the top 13 most disturbing modern and medieval torture devices ever created.
A brief history explaining the origins of mummers, guising, trick-or-treating, and other seasonal festivities dating back centuries to ancient times. These traditions also span cultures across Europe.
The Black Death (or plague) was one of the greatest catastrophes of human history. Between 1346 and 1353 around half the population of Europe died. Worldwide an estimated 75-200 million people died.
Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara, and Francesco Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua, were brothers in law. Between the two, a long love story made of a few meetings and a secret correspondence….
The Knights Templar remain fascinating to this day. And in London, you can still visit the Templars' New Temple, and see the Temple Church they built. It's still a fully-functioning parish church, and open to visitors. I am a member of Middle Temple, and therefore a parishoner of Temple Church....
The Black Death had devastating consequences for the people of Europe. Surprisingly, there were some beneficial results of the Black Death too.
The victory of Henry V's small, exhausted and starving army against a vast French host was the greatest triumph of the English longbow in the Hundred Years War between England and France.
The Elizabethan mystery of the death of Amy Robsart remains unsolved . Was she murdered to further her husband Robert Dudley's ambitions to marry Queen Elizabeth I or did she commit suicide?