Abraham Darby I
To the poor of England, the Worcestershire man gave affordable pots and pans, and to all the world he gave the industrial revolution.
The War of the Spanish Succession
After Louis XIV’s grandson Philip inherited the throne of Spain, the ‘Sun King’ began to entertain dreams of Europe-wide dominion.
Why England’s ‘Revolution’ was Glorious
Edmund Burke argues that England’s ‘revolution’ of 1688 worked because we changed the Government, not the Constitution.
Charles I and his Parliament
Charles took his rights and duties as a King with religious seriousness, but Parliament’s sense of both right and duty was just as strong.
When Parliament overthrew the capricious tyranny of Charles I, it discovered an uncomfortable truth about power.
The Last Days of Charles II
James calls Fr Huddleston to his brother’s deathbed, ready for a most delicate task.
The Great Fire of London
A four-day fire in September 1666 swept the capital, and King Charles II played a heroic part as a firefighter.
The Love of the Lindseys
Based on an account by
Young Montague Bertie, Lord Willougby, tended his dying father behind enemy lines.
Dud Dudley: Iron Man
The 17th-century entrepreneur developed a way of smelting iron with coke rather than charcoal, but the Civil War frustrated his plans.
The ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688
King James II was forced off the throne in favour of his daughter Mary, and a new
English constitution was born.
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
Only an anonymous tip-off prevented England losing her sovereignty as well as her King.
An Agent of the Crown
Rascally republican Thomas Blood was usually to be found in any conspiracy against the King,
but even when he stole the Crown Jewels the King never seemed to mind...
The Tale of Beggar’s Bridge
The proof of Thomas Ferres’s rags-to-riches tale is quite literally written in stone, but
popular lore adds some tantalising and romantic detail.