The Role of Religion in the Politics of the Northern Rebellion of 1569

Thomas Percy, Earl of Northumberland

On 14 November, 1569, Thomas Percy, seventh Earl of Northumberland, and Charles Neville, sixth earl of Westmoreland, called on all Catholics to take up arms in defence of their true faith as they occupied the Northern city of Durham.

The marriage of Philip of Habsburg and Mary Tudor and anti-Spanish sentiment in England : political economies and culture, 1553-1557

Philip of Habsburg and Mary Tudor

This thesis examines the early part of Mary I’s reign, focusing on her marriage to Philip of Habsburg and the marginalisation of their co-monarchy in Tudor historiography.

An evening with Philippa Gregory : The King's Curse

British author Philippa Gregory delighted a packed auditorium last night in Toronto, as she spoke about the way she writes historical fiction, her views on Henry VIII, and the travails of going on tour.

What is Your Royal Name?

The throne is vacant and the cheering masses await! Are you a Victoria or an Elizabeth? Maybe you’re a Henry or a Louis! Let’s find out what your royal name would actually be. Your Majesty!

Things to See in London: Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

georgians revealed

The Georgians Revealed exhibit currently running at the British Library until March.

CONFERENCES: Bookend Brides – Tudor Queens First and Last

What did it mean to be a queen consort in the 1540s? What did it mean to be a Queen consort at the end of the Middle Ages? Four authors: Linda Porter, Vanora Bennett, Elizabeth Fremantle and Joanna Hickson, examine the lives of Catherine of Valois and Catherine Parr.

Mary, Queen of Scots


It’s time to revisit all the incredible and memorable adventures of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Nell Gwyn, Mistress of King Charles II of England

Nell always remained faithful to the King. He was her greatest friend.

Catherine of Braganza, Queen of England

Amidst all the commotion created by King Charles II’s sex life and flamboyant mistresses, there actually was a Queen.

The Word War – Burke vs Paine and Wollstonecraft

Late 18th century France is a scene of social upheaval, chaos and confusion. The disaster of losing all of their American territories at the end of the Seven Years War, and funnelling coins to back the American War of Independence had bankrupted the nation, leaving a population starving and angry.

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