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Category: British History

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Probable Royal Pelvic Bone Found in Museum Storage

British researchers have uncovered what may be King Alfred the Great’s pelvic bone.

A skull excavated from a site near London's Liverpool Station in August 2013. (Credit: Andrew Winning/Corbis Images)

Grisly London Discovery May Be Proof of City’s Gladiators

New forensic research on 39 skulls unearthed in London may offer the first proof of Roman-era gladiators in the ancient city.

Map outlining territorial boundaries under the Proclamation of 1763. (Credit: Getty Images)

Remembering the Proclamation of 1763

King George III’s Proclamation of 1763, issued 250 years ago today, proved to be just the first of a series of British actions that led to the American Revolution.

Neville Chamberlain arrives in Germany (Credit: Getty Images)

Chamberlain Declares “Peace for Our Time,” 75 Years Ago

On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain received a rowdy homecoming after signing a peace pact with Nazi Germany.

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Was Richard III Riddled With Roundworms?

Scientists have discovered evidence that the medieval monarch suffered from a parasitic infection.

T.E. Lawrence

10 Things You May Not Know About “Lawrence of Arabia”

On the 125th anniversary of the birth of T.E. Lawrence, learn 10 surprising facts about the man known as “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Fugitive Ronnie Biggs, one of the masterminds of the Great Train Robbery, in 1994. (Credit: Getty Images)

50 Years On, Looking Back at the Great Train Robbery

On August 8, 1963, 15 thieves pulled off one of the most famous heists of all time, robbing the U.K.’s Royal Mail train and making off with the equivalent of $69 million.

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Jane Austen Wins a Place on UK Currency

The Bank of England announced this week that an image of the beloved author Jane Austen will be printed on the back of Britain’s 10-pound note—replacing famed naturalist Charles Darwin.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son, July 23, 2013. (Credit: Getty Images)

A Name Fit For a Prince

Get the facts on the complicated family history of Britain’s newest royal arrival.

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5 Things You May Not Know About Queen Victoria

On the 175th anniversary of her coronation, here are five things you may not know about the iconic monarch.

Thatcher in 2007

Remembering Margaret Thatcher: Slideshow

Explore key events in the life and career of Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at age 87.

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Richard the Lionheart’s Mummified Heart Gets a Forensic Workup

Researchers have conducted a biomedical analysis of King Richard I’s embalmed heart.

Winston Churchill

A New Find Offers a Rare Glimpse Into the Literary Mind of Winston Churchill

The British prime minister was also an accomplished author who published more than 40 books.