GLIMPSES OF THE PAST

August 7, 2019

As the light faded, a train halted in the remote railway station of Lyubinskaya on the Trans-Siberian railway line. It was the evening of April 29, 1918, and there was nothing outwardly remarkable about the first-class railway carriage except the presence of a heavily...

July 25, 2019

On November 20, 1861, Matilda Scheurer, a 19-year-old artificial flower maker, died of “accidental” poisoning. The formerly healthy, “good-looking” young woman worked for Mr. Bergeron in central London, along with a hundred other employees. She “fluffed” artificial lea...

July 24, 2019

When writing and researching material for 'Victoria to Vikings - The Circle of Blood', my sole purpose was to unearth stories concerning the British monarchy, post Queen Victoria. It was a massive undertaking involving abdications, assassinations, both World War 1 and...

May 14, 2019

2000 years ago, Dover Castle was at the edge of the kingdom. This is where Julius Caesar first landed his legions and here on Dover’s eastern heights they built an incredible structure that is still standing today. Today it has towers, gatehouses and a wall around it a...

May 9, 2019

Today we're at Hever Castle, the ancestral home of Anne Boleyn as she grew up. The oldest part of Hever Castle was built in 1270 but was converted to a manor in 1462 by Geoffrey Boleyn who added the Tudor dwelling to the building. He handed it down to his grandson Thom...

May 5, 2019

The story of Warwick Castle is incredible and it's almost as old as the history of England itself. This stunning castle has been home to many medieval warriors, royal mistresses and even a Hollywood actor. It’s big and it’s beautiful but it has a nasty habit of bringin...

April 20, 2019

As a couple, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip move gracefully through events like a royal Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, expertly turning and smiling and making it look so absolutely effortless. He is the strawberry in her champagne and she is Britain's brightest jew...

April 16, 2019

'Bonnie Prince Charles' had been waiting most of his life for the right time to fight for his throne. Prince William Duke of Cumberland, soon to be nicknamed 'The Butcher', had only waited four months for the right time to deny Bonnie Prince Charles that same right. He...

April 14, 2019

On 1 September 1985, a Franco-American expedition led by Robert Ballard discovered a wreck lying 12,500 feet below the surface, 600 kms south-southeast of Newfoundland. The bow was still recognizable with many preserved interiors, despite deterioration and damage susta...

April 10, 2019

Almost forgotten in history is the name of Queen Victoria’s grandson and heir to the British throne, the handsome Prince Albert Victor, or ‘Eddy’ as his family called him. Eddy had an illustrious future ahead of him, yet by the time of his premature death in 1892, he h...

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