How to be a successful jouster in the 16th century

Henry VIII jousting while Catherine of Aragon watches

If you came up against Henry VIII at a jousting tournament, it might just have been advisable to let the king win.

REVIEW: Nelson, Navy, Nation at the National Maritime Museum

A review of the Nelson, Navy, Nation exhibit at the National Maritime Museum.

The Spanish Ulcer: Napoleon, Britain, and the Siege of Cádiz

When the dust settled on the Napoleonic Wars, Cádiz held the distinction of being the only city in continental Europe to survive a siege by Napoleon.

"The Ablest Man in the British Army" The Life and Career of General Sir John Hope

Thousands of books have been written about the England’s war with France during the Napoléonic Era; however, very few of these books highlight the life and career of General Sir John Hope.

"The army isn't all work": Physical culture in the evolution of the British army, 1860-1920

Between the Crimean War and the end of WWI the British Army underwent a dramatic change from being an anachronistic and frequently ineffective organization to being perhaps the most professional and highly trained army in the world.

Wellington's Two-Front War: The Peninsular Campaigns, 1808-1814

In the spring of 1808, Britain faced a strategic dilemma. Since the beginning of the Revolutionary Wars in 1793, Britain had spent enormous sums of money to subsidize four unsuccessful coalitions against France and had failed in all of their attempts to defeat the French on land.

The royal armour workshops at Greenwich

Soon after he came to the throne in 1509 Henry VIII established a royal armour workshop that was to survive him by about 100 years.

Cromwell, Charles II and the Naseby: Ship of State

The fortunes of Oliver Cromwell and Charles II and the regard in which their successive regimes came to be held were mirrored in the fate of one of their mightiest naval vessels, as Patrick Little explains.

The Gran Armada of 1588 and the Commanders of the English Military: Francis Drake, Robert Dudley, and Charles Howard

King Philip II of Spain’s 1588 mobilization of the Gran Armada against his northern foe represented perhaps the direst of these instances. Armed with what was believed to be an invincible fleet and an equally esteemed army, the Catholic monarch viewed as inevitable a triumph over the heretical Elizabeth I.

Leather guns and other light artillery in mid-17th-century Scotland

It was the Scottish officers who had served under Gustavus Adolphus who brought knowledge of leather guns to Britain.

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