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Category: British History

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British Police Warn “Nighthawks” to Stay Away From Hadrian’s Wall

Authorities say “nighthawking,” or illegal metal detecting, near the ancient Roman fortification known as Hadrian’s Wall is destroying Britain’s national heritage.

Detailed view of an original Magna Carta copy from Lincoln Cathedral (Credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Magna Carta Worth $15 Million Found in Archived Scrapbook

For more than a century, an original edition of the Magna Carta lay forgotten in a Victorian-era scrapbook in the archives of the British coastal town of Sandwich.

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Winston Churchill’s Funeral, 50 Years Ago

Fifty years after Great Britain said farewell to Winston Churchill, look back at the largest state funeral the world had ever seen up to that point in time.

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Encampment Discovered Near Stonehenge Could “Rewrite British History,” Experts Say

The discovery of a 6,000-year-old settlement near Stonehenge may provide new insights into the origins of one of England’s most enigmatic historical sites.

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New Richard III Mystery Comes to Light

In analyzing the newly found remains of Richard III, geneticists have uncovered evidence of adultery among at least one of his relatives.

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The Charge of the Light Brigade, 160 Years Ago

On the eve of its 160th anniversary, take a look back at history’s most celebrated cavalry charge.

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700-Year-Old Skeletons Found Holding Hands

Archeologists excavating the Chapel of St. Morrell in England have uncovered a pair of skeletons that have been holding hands for the past 700 years.

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The History Behind the Scottish Independence Vote

On September 18, Scottish voters will go to the polls to decide the future of their country.

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Ship From Doomed Arctic Expedition Found After 170 Years

The recently discovered wreck of one of the ships from Sir John Franklin’s lost 1845 mission to the Arctic may be the key to a centuries-old mystery.

Facial reconstruction of Richard III

The Royal Diet of Richard III Revealed

A new study reveals that medieval monarch Richard III truly ate–and drank–like a king during his brief time on the English throne.

Excavations at the Binchester site (Credit: University of Durham)

Roman Ruins in Britain Hailed as “Pompeii of the North”

New discoveries at an ancient fort in County Durham offer an 1,800-year-old glimpse into daily life in Roman Britain.

Robert the Bruce, leader of Scottish forces at the Battle of Bannockburn (Credit: Getty Images)

Scotland Fights Its Way to Freedom, 700 Years Ago

Ragtag Scottish forces routed a large English army 700 years ago today at the Battle of Bannockburn, paving the way for the kingdom’s independence.

Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty, 225 Years Ago

After history’s most famous mutiny occurred 225 years ago, the adventure for the crew of HMS Bounty was only beginning.