GLIMPSES OF THE PAST

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...

November 7, 2018

At 2.05am, Monday 11 November 1918, a document emerged from a railway carriage stationed in the Forest of Compiegne. It was the Armistice Agreement and Germany's delegates were close to accepting the terms. After three days of talks, the German delegation stated they w...

October 13, 2018

There would have been a lot of ‘what if’s’ in King Harold’s life. What if William Duke of Normandy hadn’t been held up by bad weather in France for eight months and what if his brother Tosig and Harald Harada of Norway had not decided to invade England at the very same...

September 25, 2018

The year was 1066 and it will be a date remembered in history for all time. Edward the Confessor's death in January of that year, at the age of sixty-two, set into motion a series of disastrous events that would change the history of England forever.  

There was no...

August 23, 2018

On 23rd August 1305, William Wallace was taken from Westminster hall, stripped naked and dragged backwards through the city at the heels of a horse to the Elms at Smithfield. He was hung but released while he was still alive. He was castrated, eviscerated and his bowel...

July 4, 2018

Two weeks went by with no news from Austria. George still struggled with the Irish rebellion, Nicholas was still sunning himself on a Baltic cruise with his family and Wilhelm was still enjoying his annual yachting trip along the Norwegian coast. All three cousins were...

March 12, 2018

1689 was a good year for William of Orange. Parliament had asked him to invade and outst James II and seeing the writing on the wall, James had fled to France, leaving the throne vacant and available for William and James’ daughter Mary to take it without too much effo...

January 17, 2018

William of Orange was a smart man. In his thirteen years on the throne, everything was working out exactly as William had planned. He ousted James II off the throne, he and Mary had won Parliament over to their side by signing the Bill of Rights, he'd managed to halt J...

November 11, 2017

At first sight, remembrance of World War I has changed little over the last century. The One-Minute Silence dates back from 1919 along with the poppy in the lapel but on this day, the 100-year anniversary of Passchendaele, it seems more important than ever to share a f...

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