The Kingdom of Dumnonia: Modern Day Southwest England
The Celtic Kingdom of Dumnonia existed in southwest England between the 4th and 8th centuries when the Anglo-Saxons seized most of the land from the Dumnonii tribe. Modern-day Cornwall (Cornubia) was what remained of the kingdom at its end. The Anglo-Saxons called Dumnonia West Wales.
8 Defining Features of Victorian England
Queen Victoria reigned for nearly a century during a period that saw significant change in the form of an expanding empire, the Industrial Revolution, and increasing migration to the cities. The wealthy collected curiosities from exotic lands, while the poor escaped to music halls and gin shops.
The Tranby Croft Affair: A Victorian Gambling Scandal
The 1890 Tranby Croft Affair or Royal Baccarat Scandal caused a sensation in Victorian England. A country house gathering of titled affluent friends including the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) turned sour when accusations of cheating were made against Lt. Col. Sir William Gordon-Cumming.
Black Bart: The Most Successful Pirate of the Golden Age
Read on to learn about the life of Bartholomew 'Black Bart' Roberts
Princess Charlotte of Wales: Born to Be Queen but Dead at 21
Princess Charlotte of Wales was the only child of George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV of Britain and Caroline of Brunswick. She was used as a pawn by her parents but found genuine love and affection with Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Her happiness was short lived.
Neolithic Revolution: A Turning Point in Human History
Around 10,000 years ago, humanity emerged from the Ice Age. Our reward for surviving this perilous period was the discovery of agriculture, which would change the world forever.
A History of Anesthesia: How Society Dealt With Pain
How humans dealt with pain prior to modern-day anesthesia is difficult to fathom. Fortunately, anesthesia was discovered. Anesthesia's history and development is quite interesting!
13 Surprising Facts About Henry VIII Most People Do Not Know
He presided over the English Renaissance in the early 1500s. He was ebullent in his manners, militarily daring and an adventurist in love as well as marriage.
How Whites Used “Negro Balls” To Prevent Slave Revolts Before the Civil War
Enslaved and free black people were allowed to have their own parties to keep them satisfied with their oppressed state and prevent slave rebellions.
Rasputin: Sex, Superstition, Hypnosis and Religion
While the statement that Rasputin, was the monk blamed for the downfall of the Czar is an obvious exaggeration, experts agree he was a contributing factor. His closeness to the royal family was an embarrasement that cannot be denied.
Ten Interesting Facts About Cleopatra Most People Don’t Know
Was she a femme fatale, a seductress or just a queen trying to protect her throne? Cleopatra has been one of the most misunderstood figures in history. She was intelligent and passionate. The following are facts worth reading.
Dolley Madison Saves George Washington’s Portrait During the War of 1812
In 1814 the British invaded the city of Washington, D.C., as part of the War of 1812. Before the British could destroy the White House, the First Lady, Dolley Madison, with the help of her servants, saved the portrait of George Washington just hours before the British burned the president’s home.
Malta: The Small Island That Defied the Mighty Ottoman Empire
Read on to learn about the last battle of the Crusades on the island of Malta.
7 Facts About Ethiopia: The Land of Ancient Mysteries
Was Ethiopia the aboriginal homeland of the Ancient Egyptians? Was it the birthplace of coffee? What mighty empires reigned here? Find out about this mysterious and ancient land.
St. James's Palace: The British Royal Family Workplace
Most of us think of Buckingham Palace as British royalty HQ but between Henry VIII and Queen Victoria's reigns St. James's Palace was the site of the monarch's official court and a royal home. The palace still has an enormous role to play in royal business including the proclamations of monarchs.
How White Supremacist William Tecumseh Sherman Tried to Improve Slavery
Although he was a self-admitted racist and white supremacist, future Union general William Tecumseh Sherman urged slaveholders to make slavery more humane.
Frederick Douglass’s Attitude Toward Founding Fathers Who Owned Slaves
What Frederick Douglass would say about tearing down statues of Washington, Jefferson, and other Founders who owned slaves.
Mycenae, Minoa and Other Great Bronze Age Civilizations
Before Persia, Greece and Rome ruled the world; the Sumerians, Minoans and Mycenaeans were the great superpowers. By the end of the second millennium BC, they had all collapsed in dramatic fashion, but during the Bronze Age they reigned supreme.
The Dunce's Cap: Blessed John Duns Scotus' Hat Repurposed
Where did the dunce's cap come from and why was it popular in schools for centuries? Step forward Scottish born Franciscan theologian, philosopher and metaphysicist Blessed John Dun Scotus. He believed that conical hats enhanced learning. What happened to give the cap a negative association?
Waffen SS Combat Group Peiper Attacks
In December 1944, Adolf Hitler planned a surprise offensive to win a war that already seemed lost. Joachim Peiper led the attack which called for a lightning thrust to assault and capture the bridges over Belgium's Meuse River. His attack would go down in history as brutal and senseless endeavor.
The White Ship Disaster and Collapse of a Royal Family
Called the “medieval Titanic,” the White Ship was a superior vessel that was to take many aristocrats across the English Channel but it didn't get far out of its harbour.
Triassic Period: The Earth's Recovery From Mass Extinction
The era that saw the rise of the dinosaurs and the splitting of the continents. Here are some facts about the Triassic Period, and the apocalyptic extinction event that preceded it.
The History of Iconic Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey is arguably the most iconic religious building in Britain and every coronation since 1066 has been held there. It has been the scene of 17 royal weddings and is the final resting place of 30 monarchs and thousands of great names. Its life story is fascinating.
Breakthrough at Sedan: May 1940
In the summer of 1940, Hitler's legions of tanks and dive bombers crashed through a small town in the Ardennes smashing the Allied defensive line opening France to invading German armies. As the German tanks raced toward the Channel Coast a new concept of mobile warfare, was revealed to the world.
The White Bus Rescue of Concentration Camp Inmates
As World War II was grinding towards to its cataclysmic end, a heroic effort was made to rescue as many people as possible from concentration camps.
The British Royal Family's Line of Succession
The British royal family has ruled over England since 927A.D. with no break in the bloodline. Who follows Charles III in the line of succession and in which order? Find out why all royals in the queue to rule had to be Protestants and when this changed.
Ancien Régime: The French Revolution and the Collapse of the Old Order
The Ancient Regime, which had governed France from the 15th to 18th centuries, was dismantled by the French Revolution of 1789. What factors allowed for this to happen, and what lessons can we learn from it?