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Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday star
November in England is a time of remembrance - through the wearing of poppies, attendance at, listening to or watching commemorative services and participation in two minutes' silence.

Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes star
Guy Fawkes was a Catholic who nearly succeeded in blowing up the Protestant King James I. His exploits are celebrated every year with bonfires and fireworks. Find out more about a man who could have changed the course of English History had the Gunpowder Plot been successful.

Captain Scott - Explorer star
Captain Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole in January 1912 - a bitter victory, for Norwegian Roald Amundsen has beaten him to his goal. Scott and his team did not survive their return journey, suffering from exhaustion, frostbite and starvation.

English Queens - Boudicca to Elizabeth I star
England has had strong leadership from women, yet they have rearely had the chance to shine as male heirs have had precedence in the line of succession. Boudicca led her tribe after her husband died. Mary I succeeded her teenage brother on his death, thus opening the door for her younger sister.

Florence Nightingale star
Every May, in Westminster Abbey, a lamp is carried to the high altar to commemorate the life of Florence Nightingale, the woman whom many claim was the founder of modern nursing.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel star
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was an engineer, inventor and entrepeneur who transformed travel in England and beyond as he built bridges, railways and ships.

Margaret Thatcher star
Margaret Thatcher, first female British Prime Minister, held office for over ten years. She was the longest serving Prime Minister in the twentieth century.

Murder In The Cathedral star
St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is remembered on 29 December – the day he was murdered by four of King Henry II’s men in Canterbury Cathedral.

Native English Animals star
Were there ever wild, dangerous animals in England? The answer is yes. Here is what they were and where they are now.

Princess Diana - Queen of Hearts star
Princess Diana's death caused an unprecedented outpouring of grief in England. A woman who did not always find life easy, mother of a future king, Diana had worked her way in to the nation's heart and soul.

Queen Victoria star
Queen Victoria was Britain’s longest reigning monarch, ruling from 1837-1901. She gave her name to the people of her era – the Victorians.

St. George's Day star
Have you heard of St George, England’s patron saint? Do you know the story of St George and the Dragon? St George’s Day is celebrated on April 23 – also said to be Shakespeare’s birth and death day.

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Anne Boleyn star
Henry VIII divorced Catherine of Aragon and beheaded Anne Boleyn - his second wife. His third wife Jane Seymour died. Having already set precedents Henry divorced Anne of Cleeves and beheaded Kathryn Howard. He was survived by his sixth and final wife Katherine Parr.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Anne of Cleves star
Henry VIII's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, had one of the shortest marriages in history and suffered an easy divorce which no doubt kept her head from the chopping block...

The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Catherine of Aragon star
Henry VIII is best remembered for his numerous wives who between them were beheaded, divorced and died. The last bride, Kathryn Parr, was the only wife who survived her marriage with Henry. This article gives some tips for remembering the wives and looks at Henry’s first wife Catherine of Aragon.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Jane Seymour star
Henry VIII divorced Caterhine of Aragon and beheaded Anne Boleyn. Eleven days after the execution of his second wife he married Jane Seymour.

Tudor Queens star
This article briefly explores the reigns of the Tudor queens Mary and Elizabeth. Who were these rare women who held the power of a nation, of a kingdom, of an empire in their hands for half a century between them?

William Herschel - Astronomer and Musician star
German born William Herschel made a discovery that changed the world's view of the solar system whilst living in Bath - he discovered Uranus.

William Tyndale star
William Tyndale, born in 1494 in Gloucestershire, could see the potential of printing in bringing accessible translations of the Bible to the common man. He was born 18 years after William Caxton revolutionised the availability of books by bringing the first printing press to England.

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