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We don't know how our history teachers made history seem so boring because we can't stop finding fabulous stories to share with you!

The Private Lives of Saints - a review of Dr Janina Ramierez's new book

Dr Janina Ramirez's insatiable energy and upbeat personality comes across throughout the pages of her first book; Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England. The Private Lives of The Saints. "Janina sets out to put these etherial characters back on Earth, which she definitely does - with a bump in some cases!" Philippa Brewell, 2015...


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Propaganda and The Round Table

Henry VII's victory at Bosworth in 1485 may have been heaven blessed, or so contemporaries were supposed to believe, but Henry knew he had a lot of hard work to do to make the crown, now sat on his head, from falling off. To create a Tudor Dynasty to permanently replace the Plantagenet line was going to take cunning, persuasion and fabulous story telling.


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King Henry VIII is buried where?! You're joking!

Henry VIII's iconic, Holbein created, image is known worldwide. He stares out of the painting at the viewer, his confrontational stance leaving us in no doubt of who is in charge. He's the king who had 6 wives, the king who got rid of anyone who dared disagree with him, who tired of wives like a child tires of toys..... The truth and the facts are somewhat simplified for the wider audience but there is no doubt that he is probably England's most notorious monarch.


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Remember. Remember. - a poem

Remember. Remember. - a poem

Remember. Remember.

by Isaac Brewell, aged nine.

Remember, Remember, the Great War,

The rotting corpses on the floor, 

Deafening sound of gun fire,

Men clambering over barbed wire.

Running across the battlefield,

Watching soldiers falling behind.

Poisonous gases filled the air,

Exploding grenades everywhere.

No bath, no shower, to soothe their skin,

No roof for shelter, like tramps so thin. 

Expressionless faces so dim and grim, 

Most returning home without a limb.

Remember the old lie; Dulce et Decorum Est.

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Why historical events can have two dates - a quick explanation!

Do you know your Julian from your Gregorian calendar? No? Well let me explain.

Sometimes you can see two dates given for an historical event and that's because the number of days in our calendar changed! Prior to 1582 the Julian calendar had been used throughout the known Western world. The problem with the Julian Calendar was that it did not align to the realities of the Earth's movement around the Sun. Put simply, there were more days in the calendar year than it took the Earth to go around the Sun - 1 more every 128 years to be exact. In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII decreed, via a Papal Bull, that 10 days be dropped from the Roman Calendar, and the Gregorian Calendar was created.

However, not all countries adopted the calendar at the same time and, as the difference between the 2 calendars increases over time, the number of days dropped in the calendar of each country depended on when they decided to move over. The Gregorian calendar was adopted in England and America in 1752 by dropping 11 days. Turkey was the last country to officially move over, on 1 January 1927 and had to drop 13 days in order to align. The Gregorian Calendar also has an error rate but of only 1 day in 3236 years. The picture below shows the Calendar for September 1752.

Written by Philippa Brewell for British History Tours




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