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date: 06 Jan
The Crowning of the Last Anglo-Saxon King of England Harold II (Godwinson)     -  January 6th 1066  -     The military invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, and the subsequent war of succession of the same year, was triggered by the coronation of Harold II, Godwinson, on January 6th. When William, back in Normandy, heard that...
tags:
  • 11th Century
  • Anglo Saxon
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
date: 30 Oct
The Forming of the Yeomen of the Guard     -  October 30th 1485  -     The Battle of Bosworth on 22nd June 1485 was a watershed moment in English history in many ways. A new royal house – the Tudors – had taken over, the Wars of the Roses were effectively over with the houses of York and Lancaster united, and a period that was to last from 1485-...
tags:
  • 15th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
  • Tudor
date: 28 Sep
William, Duke of Normandy, Lands at Pevensey     -  28th September 1066  -       In history certain ‘inevitabilities’ are fashioned from events that happened some time ago due to the vagaries of hindsight and knowledge. William’s conquering of England and victory at Hastings, so famous, seems to many onlookers as also so inevitable. This episode...
tags:
  • 11th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
date: 09 Sep
Coronation of Mary, Queen of Scots     -  September 9th 1543  -     We often think that today’s politics is a shady and underhand business, with self-interest at its heart. Tudor/Stuart England was far worse. The story of Mary starts as far back as Henry VII. To build up alliances Henry Tudor (VII) used marriages very successfully. He united his...
tags:
  • 16th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
  • Tudor
date: 29 Aug
The Battle of Worcester and Charles II’s Escape to France     -  September 3rd 1651  -     The English Civil War, fought over the way and the right to govern the country, amongst other things, had its start and end within two miles of each other – at Worcester. On September 23rd 1642 Prince Rupert, nephew to Charles I and in charge of the Royalist...
tags:
  • 17th Century
  • Battles
  • English Civil War
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history