History Stories
CATEGORY: British History
How Unflattering Royal Portraits Could Break a Marriage Contract
May 10, 2018

European royals did not trust the portraits sent to them by other courts, so they commissioned their own. Read More

Why Was the Battle of the Somme So Deadly?
May 1, 2018

The Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of World War I, and among the bloodiest in all of human history. Read More

New Research Reveals Britain’s Oldest Ancestor Had Dark Skin and Blue Eyes
February 7, 2018

Known as the 'Cheddar Man,' the discovery of his skin color defied popular belief in Britain. Read More

Watching The Crown? Here Are the Real Facts You Need to Know
December 20, 2017

Was Edward VIII a Nazi sympathizer looking to overthrow his brother? Read More

To Understand 2017, Here Are the History Lessons You Need
December 15, 2017

Discover the backstories behind the news that shaped 2017. Read More

Newly-Discovered Blueprints May Allow Legendary WWII Plane to Fly Again
August 8, 2017

It’s been called one of the greatest planes of World War II—and it might be making a comeback. Read More

Bond—James Bond—Was Created to Mourn the British Empire
August 2, 2017

Ian Fleming’s cunning action hero reflected the (former) glories of imperial Britain. Read More

What the Bank of England Got Wrong about Jane Austen
July 19, 2017

The new £10 bank note is based on a portrait that was made of Austen after she died. Read More

The Shocking Medieval Execution Story Referenced by James Comey
June 8, 2017

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When Manchester was “Mad” for Music
May 23, 2017

Manchester is one of the UK’s cultural hothouses. Read More