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Archive for March 2015

On this day 1199 – Richard I is…

Richard I

On this day 1199 – Richard I is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leading to his death on April 6. It is documented that Richard I spent roughly around six months in England as he was off on his crusades for the most part. He was succeeded by his younger brother King…

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On this day 1603, James VI of Scotland…

James I of England

Today in 1603 – James VI of Scotland also became James I of England, on the death of Elizabeth I. Here’s a struck gold medal by Nicholas Hilliard > http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/cm/s/struck_gold_medal_of_james.aspx 

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On this day Waltham Abbey is surrendered to King Henry VIII…

Henry VIII

On this day 1540 – Waltham Abbey is surrendered to King Henry VIII of England; the last religious community to be closed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The dissolution of the monasteries in the late 1530’s was one of the most revolutionary events in English history. Read our blog post on the Dissolution here…

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On this day 1649 – The House of Commons…

House of Lords

1649 – The House of Commons of England passes an act abolishing the House of Lords, declaring it “useless and dangerous to the people of England”. This revolutionary action did not obtain the consent of either Lords or the King and so it was not recognised as a valid law after the restoration of the King. The first part…

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Magna Carta then and now – 800th year anniversary

Magna Carta

Whilst relating to history, and more specifically historical events, there are always particular ones that spring mind.  This can be influenced by current and topical events or historical anniversaries. A prime example of this is the approaching 800th year anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. Which will be celebrated on the 15th June 2015. …

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What is Magna Carta?

Narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this animation takes you back in time to medieval England in 1215 under the reign of Bad King John. > http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/videos/what-is-magna-carta

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On this day 8th March 1702 – Anne Stuart…

Queen Anne

On this day 8th March 1702 Anne Stuart sister of Mary II, becomes Queen Regnant England, Scotland, and Ireland.  She continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death in 1714. Queen Anne was the last monarch of the House of Stuart. If this period is of particular interest to you, and wish to see which available titles have documented…

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