England

Before the British Empire and the Atlantic slave trade, Africans lived freely in Tudor England.

The grand funeral of Anne of Cleves, the neglected fourth queen of Henry VIII, took place during the reign of Mary Tudor, when English Catholicism was resurgent.

A little-known encounter between the English and French navies should rank alongside Trafalgar and the defeat of the Armada.

David dances on the moonlit heath, William Powell Frith, late 19th century.

Along with Robin Hood, the romantic highwayman is one of the great myths of English outlawry. But the model for this most gallant of rogues was a Frenchman name Claude Duval, who carried out audacious robberies with a touch of Parisian flair.

St Mary’s church, Credenhill, Herefordshire. 14th-century window with St Thomas de Cantilupe on the right alongside St Thomas Becket

The small city of Hereford became one of England’s most important pilgrim sites due to the many miracles attributed to a local saint.

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The world does not influence Britain’s native culture, the world is its culture, as anyone with a grasp of the country’s history will understand, argues Suzannah Lipscomb.

Dress found off the coast of Texel in April, 2015. Copyright Museum Kaap Skil

The often overlooked importance of maritime affairs on the course of the Civil Wars.

Map showing the route from London to Dover, showing major towns and cities.

A look at John Ogilby's Britannia road atlas.

A map of Bristol, 1581. Worcester was born north-west of the city's castle.

It was during the Tudor age that the first British antiquarians emerged, detailing the nation’s history and geography – or so the traditional story goes. But, as Nicholas Orme explains, William Worcester had laid the groundwork for their advances and anticipated their interests a century before.

Hippopotamus amphibius, an illustration from William Jardine’s The Naturalist’s Library, 1833-43.

The discovery in Victorian London of the remains of ancient animals – and a fascination with their modern descendants – helped to transform people’s ideas of the deep past, as Chris Manias reveals.