Tag Archives: London

The Industrial Revolution: society in late Victorian cities

A video clip presenting some aspects of life in Victorian cities.

Chaos in Westminster as William of Normandy crowned king of England

On the 25th December 1066, William of Normandy was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.


The origins of the Peasants’ Revolt

The Peasants’ Revolt was triggered when John Bampton arrived in Essex to investigate non-payment of the poll tax.

Anne Boleyn's execution

Why was Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, executed? A short overview.

On the 19th May 1536, Anne Boleyn – Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of the future Elizabeth I – was beheaded in the Tower of London, having been found guilty of adultery, treason, and incest.

Execution of Catherine Howard

The execution of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII

Elizabeth I and the first English lottery

Elizabeth I and the first English lottery (where everybody won a prize!)

On the 11th January 1569, the first recorded lottery was drawn in England under Elizabeth I.

Execution of Sir Walter Raleigh

Why was Sir Walter Raleigh beheaded in 1618?

On 29th October 1618 Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for treason against James I in the Main Plot.

Great Fire of London

A short overview of the Great Fire of London in 1666

After breaking out at a bakery in Pudding Lane, the catastrophic fire blazed for more than three days and destroyed over 13,000 houses, churches and government buildings.

Pepys Diary

31st May 1669: the day of the final entry in Samuel Pepys’ famous diary

On the 31st May 1669, Samuel Pepys wrote the final entry of his famous diary.