Winston Churchill

30th November is the anniversary of the birth of Winston Churchill, a man whose modus operandi is still greatly esteemed by world leaders today. In the current circumstances of a raging pandemic, influential people across the globe have quoted him in many a speech and interview; such is the way his time on this planet…

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When Queen Elizabeth sat for the artist who painted what became the renown Armada portrait series, she offered us a veritable treasure trove of information – a timeless commemoration of the Tudor Queen’s success in defeating the Spanish armada. Her hand on the globe, the imperial crown in the background, stiffly seated in a fantastically…

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From the moment Elizabeth I was born on 7th September, 1533, her situation was a complex one. She was a girl for a start, and her father, Henry VIII, was after a boy. So much so, in fact, that he’d turned the religious world upside down to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon (mother…

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What does a title mean in this day and age?

It’s an interesting question, and one we take very seriously here at Manorial Counsel… and not just for the obvious reasons. You see, we didn’t actually get into researching titles in the first place for the love of seeing the word ‘Lord’ in front of a name. That is thrilling, of course, but what really…

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Safeguarding the liberties – and rights – of people is something we almost take for granted in the Western World; though at times some feel it’s a tenuous mirage. But back in the good old medieval days, the head honcho of the realm, aka the monarch, often thought differently. Even before King John begrudgingly stamped…

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Water pump with bucket

It’s the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth on 24th May, 1819. An intriguing monarch whose influence on society is still strongly felt even now. Hers was an era of extraordinary advancement industrially and scientifically, and inquisitive pioneers whose determination to think outside norms sowed the seeds for many of the great inventions we enjoy today.…

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Shakespeares birthplace, Stratford Upon Avon

You’ll no doubt have seen the fabulous meme doing the rounds at the moment suggesting that when Shakespeare was quarantined he wrote King Lear. It’s a wonderfully positive message to us all that being in lockdown can be a constructive time, even if it’s not one hundred percent concurred as fact by scholars. Still, bearing…

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