History Stories
CATEGORY: Royalty
History’s Oldest-Known Valentine Was Written in Prison
February 14, 2018

A French medieval duke wrote the poem to his wife while he was held captive in the Tower of London. Read More

To Understand 2017, Here Are the History Lessons You Need
December 15, 2017

Discover the backstories behind the news that shaped 2017. Read More

The Governess Who Spilled the Queen’s Secrets
December 14, 2017

Crawfie’s revelations titillated a nation—but she paid the price. Read More

The Delusion That Made Nobles Think Their Bodies Were Made of Glass
December 4, 2017

For centuries, people have had unusual fixations with new materials. Read More

Why the World’s Oldest Hereditary Monarchy Just Allowed the Emperor to Resign
June 9, 2017

Japan’s parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to abdicate his throne, while leaving open the long-running question of whether to allow women to reign. Read More

The Hidden Dark Side of Charles and Diana’s Relationship
April 4, 2017

Thought you knew all there was to know about Charles and Diana? Think again. Read More

9 Things You Should Know About the Wars of the Roses
May 22, 2015

Explore nine key facts about the bloody feud that permanently altered the course of British history. Read More

Probable Royal Pelvic Bone Found in Museum Storage
January 22, 2014

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

A Name Fit For a Prince
July 24, 2013

Get the facts on the complicated family history of Britain's newest royal arrival. Read More

5 Things You May Not Know About Queen Victoria
June 28, 2013

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