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"There is nothing in the way you live today that doesn't have its roots in history" - Philippa Lacey Brewell
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Tewskesbury Abbey - Where royal bones lie

​Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire, England, overlooked the final battle of the civil war between the Houses of Lancaster and York to decide who would be king. These, of course, are now known to us as the Wars of the Roses (neatly coined by Shakespeare). It became the burial place of two figures significant to the conflict, George,...
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The Case for the anti-hero - Why the Duke of Wellington had a near naked statue of Napoleon in his home!

I would like to put forward the case of the anti-hero, commonly referred to as the enemy or, in Batman and the Joker's case, the villain. Why am I choosing the term anti-hero? …. All shall become clear. Wellington Statue, London Apsley House, once known as 'Number 1 London', was the home of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, a national hero ...
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The dreadful tale of how the body of a one time Queen of England, was treated.

Katherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of Henry VIII rests peacefully at St Mary's Church in the grounds of Sudeley Castle. But it was not always that way. ​ Within a month of Henry VIII's death, on 28th January 1547, Katherine had agreed to marry a previous suitor, Thomas Seymour. By May the king, her step-son and nephew to her new husband ...
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History Masterclass - Are there lessons to be learned from history?

Last year I had to great fortune to be invited by Dr Sam Willis to experience a new initiative that he and fellow historian and broadcaster Suzannah Lipscomb, had begun called The History Masterclass.  I headed down to  the Army and Navy Club o n Pall Mall, London, to join in on the 'Lessons of History' masterclass led...
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Henry VIII was just in a really long, really bad, mood! An alternative view on why Henry's personality altered after 1536.

In my late twenties I had developed chronic back pain. I couldn't walk, stand, even lean without being in pain. The constancy of it meant I had not slept properly for years. This was, however, my norm. So too was my inability to take much emotional distress before I erupted in a temper or melted into an emotional mess! I had, as the phrase goes "ha...
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Discovering the Tudors and more!

Private tour of Hampton Court Palace
When people with similar interests come together and spend time indulging in that interest, experiences are created that go beyond the sum of its parts and friendships are formed.  Philippa Lacey Brewell, Tour Leader   We had a blast! Over 9 days I led the Discover the Tudors tour for 13 Tudor and British history enthusiasts. All had thei...
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