Category: England

Elizabeth Tudor- the early years

In chess, the pawn is the most expendable piece on the board. It can be put out into danger and thrown away on the slightest whim. However, if the pawn withstands the dangers of the board and makes it across, it becomes a queen- the most powerful piece in the game. Elizabeth Tudor was born […]

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Margaret Pole

On May 28th 1541 Lady Margaret Pole Countess of Salisbury was taken from the Tower, where she had been held without trial and executed on the orders of Henry VIII. Her beheading was a botch job, carried out by a novice headsman and taking eleven blows, not helped by the fact that Margaret allegedly didn’t […]

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Amelia Dyer

We are all familiar with Dr Harold Shipman and his reputation of being one of the most prolific serial killers of all time, with an estimated 250 murders to his name. He was not however the UK’s most prolific. Unheard of by most people, is the name Amelia Dyer – Baby farmer. It is estimated […]

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Bite Size- Dr Horace Emmet

In 1889, one Dr Horace Emmet lectured on the secret of eternal youth at Magdalene College, Cambridge – he claimed that, by administering himself the ground testicles of red squirrels by way of injections, he was physically some 30 years younger and could ‘visit’ his wife daily. However, just eight weeks after his announcement, his […]

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Dick Turpin – Stand and Deliver

On the 7th April 1739, notorious highwayman Richard Turpin was hanged for his crimes, most notably horse, cattle and sheep stealing, robbery with violence, and murder at the Knavesmire in York. Turpin was documented to have been born in the Blue Bell Inn, Hempstead, the son of John Turpin who has been accredited with trades […]

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