History Stories
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 the Royal Family Used to Forbid Marriage After Divorce
May 3, 2018

The royal family's distaste for divorce goes back to Henry VIII. Read More

How Anne Boleyn Lost Her Head
April 20, 2018

Found guilty of charges including adultery, incest and conspiracy against the king, on May 19, 1536 Anne Boleyn was beheaded by a French swordsman. Read More

Henry VIII Beheaded Meghan Markle’s Ancestor
November 27, 2017

The family tree of Prince Harry's fiancé is getting a lot of attention. Read More

The Mysterious Epidemic That Terrified Henry VIII
August 24, 2017

Scientists still can't figure out the cause of the Tudor-era "sweating sickness." Read More

Henry VIII’s Restored Flagship Opens to Public
July 20, 2016

Following a 34-year conservation effort, the prized warship of King Henry VIII, Mary Rose, has been placed on full public display for the first time. Read More

8 Things You Might Not Know about Mary I
February 16, 2016

Get the facts on the turbulent life of this Tudor monarch—England's first queen regnant. Read More

Was Henry VIII the Worst Monarch of All Time?
September 4, 2015

In a recent British poll, a group of historical writers chose Henry VIII as the worst monarch in history. Was he really that bad? Read More

Did Blood Cause Henry VIII’s Madness and Reproductive Woes?
March 4, 2011

Biological factors may have caused Henry VIII's madness and reproductive woes, new research suggests. Read More