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The Ladies are King – England’s Top Ten Monarchs

1.    Most people will know that Queen Victoria is the mother of all British monarchs.  She succeeded to the throne on 20th June 1837, following the death of her Uncle William IV; she was just 18 years old.  Victoria’s remarkable tenure continued for 63 years and 216 days {or 23,226 days}, which makes her

Thomas Cranmer. A Simple Man in a Complex Age

Thomas Cranmer lived the most extraordinarily complex life in very difficult times.  He founded the Anglican Protestant Church and more than any other cleric, was responsible for shaping the nascent Church and developing forms of worship that could be understood by the English in their own country.  He was witness to the monumental decisions and

Bess of Hardwick – A Tudor icon

When Elizabeth Hardwick Countess of Shrewsbury died on 13th February 1608, the curtain fell on a most extraordinary life.  Better known as ‘Bess of Hardwick’, she was approximately 80 years old, an outstanding achievement in itself.  Not surprisingly, she was buried in great state at the Church of All Hallows in Derby {now Derby Cathedral};