History In The Headlines

Category: British History

William Wallace Letter

700-Year-Old William Wallace Letter Finally Reaches Scotland

A note of recommendation issued by King Philip IV of France and possibly carried by William Wallace will go on display this August at the Scottish Parliament.

Top Stories of 2011

This Year in History: 2011

As the year comes to an end, explore the top History in the Headlines stories published in 2011, from breaking news to special features.

London

17th-Century Londoners Died of Fright, Itch and Grief

A treatise by the pioneering statistician John Graunt, now on display at London’s Royal Society, provides a glimpse at life and death in the 1600s.

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When Royal Watching Becomes Royal Stalking

Find out about Robert Moore, whose body was found near Buckingham Palace, and others with unhealthy royal fixations.

William the Conqueror

10 Things You Didn’t Know About William the Conqueror

On the 945th anniversary of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England, explore some interesting facts about one of history’s most influential rulers.

Rat

Can We Stop Blaming Rats for the Black Death?

A new study suggests that humans, not vermin, spread the Black Death, and that the disease may not have been bubonic plague after all.

London Riots

Panic on the Streets of London: A History

As the riots in London spread to other cities, find out about other waves of unrest that have rocked the UK capital.

Medieval Armor

In Shining Armor, Medieval Knights May Not Have Shone

Heavy armor may have been medieval knights’ worst enemy, according to new research.

Kensington Palace

Slideshow: History of the Duke and Duchess’ New Digs

Home to countless royals and the site of key events, London’s Kensington Palace has a long and rich history.

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Slideshow: Longest-Reigning British Monarchs

Today, Queen Elizabeth II became the second-longest ruling monarch in British history. Find out about other British rulers with lengthy reigns.

Prince Charles and Lady Diana

How Conventional Was Charles and Diana’s Wedding?

The nuptials of Prince Charles and Lady Diana have come to represent the archetypal royal wedding, but there are some ways in which the event broke the mold.

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Royal Weddings Gone Bad

From vomiting brides to absent grooms, history has proven that not every royal wedding is the stuff of fairytales.

Royal Weddings of the House of Windsor

Video: Royal Weddings of the House of Windsor

As the one-week countdown to the royal nuptials begins, get into the spirit with a look back at some of the House of Windsor’s most memorable weddings.