HISTORY Lists

Category: British History

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8 Things You May Not Know About Henry VIII

A monarch of outsized proportions, passions and appetites, King Henry VIII (1491-1547) ruled England for 36 years.

A 1297 version of the Magna Carta, on display at the U.S. National Archives. (Credit: Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

6 Things You May Not Know About the Magna Carta

Check out six fascinating facts about the Great Charter’s story and its significance.

Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle

8 National Anthem Backstories

Find out more about the genesis of eight of the world’s most famous national hymns.

Robin Hood

6 Historical Figures Who May or May Not Have Existed

From Britain’s most beloved outlaw to the founder of Sparta, find out more about six historical figures whose existence remains up for debate.

Cobbe portrait of William Shakespeare

10 Things You Didn’t Know About William Shakespeare

Explore fascinating facts about the life and legacy of England’s famous and mysterious Bard.

Buckingham Palace

7 Surprising Facts about Royal Births

In honor of the impending arrival of Britain’s newest heir to the throne, get the facts on royal babies.

Victorian Women

5 Things Victorian Women Didn’t Do (Much)

Don’t let the lace doilies and lavender sachets fool you—life for women in Victorian England wasn’t always how we imagine it.

William the Conqueror

10 Things You May Not Know About William the Conqueror

Explore 10 facts about one of European history’s most influential rulers.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

5 Romances That Changed History

Love really can change the world—if you’re a member of one of these famous couples, that is.

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4 Rules for Bathing, According to Beau Brummell

English fashion icon Beau Brummell introduced his compatriots to his revolutionary ideas on hygiene in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Fulin, the Shunzhi Emperor

6 Child Monarchs Who Changed History

Find out about six young rulers whose actions and decisions had very grown-up consequences.

Famous Prisoners of the Tower of London

6 Famous Prisoners of the Tower of London

Find out about six prominent captives who did time in one of history’s most forbidding prisons.