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...

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...

July 19, 2018

By the time his father died, George felt as if he had endured a lifetime of frustration. He was unhappy in love, unhappy with his dwindling bank account and by the time he finally ascended the throne, he was an aging, 58-year-old obese playboy. In his youth, George had...

July 17, 2018

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...

June 19, 2018

When Mary Queen of Scots delivered a baby boy, naming him James in memory of her father, her cousin Elizabeth I in England heard the news with resignation. James would be yet another contender standing in the long queue waiting to sit on the English throne at her death...

May 14, 2018

Charles II has always been a personal favourite of mine. His strength of character and loyalty has always put him head and shoulders above other kings, in my humble opinion. Like his father, Charles showed resilience and determination and while he may have had faults,...

April 11, 2018

When William and Mary walked down Westminster Abbey to be crowned, a hush fell as people turned to gawk at their new king and queen. To most watching, Mary seemed to glide, as if on ice, as she walked gracefully beside her a considerably smaller husband who had always...

April 9, 2018

For a man who had always been in the best of health for most of his life, Edward's death at forty-one came as somewhat of a shock and no one was sure what was actually the cause. He had always been so strong and ruthless so when he died so suddenly, everyone reacted wi...

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...

February 20, 2018

Edward must have felt the full weight of duty resting heavily on his small shoulders as he walked up the center aisle of Westminster Abbey. He was dressed in white velvet embroidered with silver thread and decorated with lovers’ knots made from pearls, along with diamo...

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