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19th May. ‘Nice Day for a White Wedding’

On 19th May 2018, as Meghan Markle progresses along the fabulous St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, she will join Prince Harry on a most exciting adventure for the popular couple.  One wishes them every success but historically, the date 19th May has not been propitious for English citizens; in fact, for several centuries, the day

1066 and All This

‘Wiltshire Rose’ invites you to a very special evening.  On Wednesday 16th November 2016, between 7pm and 9:30pm, the English historian Paul Wiltshire will be joined by a guest to give a presentation entitled ‘1066 And All This’, at the Richard Herrod Centre in Carlton Nottingham {NG4 1RL}. The programme will commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Norman invasion, the battle

2016 and all that…

  2016 offers a veritable cornucopia of glorious and inglorious anniversaries.  Over the next 12 months, there will be timely reminders of the people, places and events, which shaped England and the English.  They include the catastrophes which led to the nadir of our Anglo-Saxon heritage, the passing of our greatest literary treasure and the

A Good Day for Death, Poetry, War & Suicide

Oh what an illustrious date for England and some of the country’s best known ancestors.  25th October has been one of the most celebrated days in English history but it has also seen the passing of a literary giant and mass slaughter during two inglorious battles. My historical briefing begins in the middle of the 12th century with the passing of a King, whose monarchy

Leaders of The Royal League

1.   On 9th September 2015, in the twilight of England’s second, ‘Elizabethan Age’, the old guard was changed and we witnessed a royal event that may never by repeated.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is the most successful of a very illustrious league comprised of 53 crowned monarchs.  Elizabeth was born on 21st April 1926 and at the time of writing, she is 89 years old which makes her the

Glorious Centennials

What a year for English and British citizens to celebrate and reflect on their illustrious and occasionally troublesome past: 2015 promises so much with a cornucopia of unique milestones and anniversaries.  The events that will be commemorated span 8 centuries and are not linked in any way, except perhaps by a recurring theme of determined

A Bridge Too Far…

  On many occasions, the future of English history has turned on the result of a medieval battle: this was very much the case, nearly 1000 years ago, when an Anglo-Saxon force engaged in the bloody slaughter of Norwegian invaders at a crossing of the River Derwent in Yorkshire. On 25th September 1066, Harold Godwinson

Battle of Britain Day – 15th September

In a divisive world, it is so easy to forget the men and women at home and abroad, who sacrificed so much to keep safe, the domestic and international freedoms that made Britain the country that it is, or perhaps was… 15th September is Battle of Britain Day: why ?  Because on that hugely significant day

Heroes and Heroines

Historically, 7th September has been one of the busiest and most impactive days of the year. Let’s start with a famous victory secured over 8 centuries ago…. On 7th September 1191, during the Third Crusade, the 33 year old King Richard I of England defeated the Moslem warrior Saladin, at the Battle of Arsuf, about

A Secret in Life and Death

  426 years ago on 4th September 1588, Queen Elizabeth I lost the man who was her friend, her confidant and almost certainly her lover.  Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester died at Cornbury Park near Oxford; he was 56 years old. Dudley was on route to Buxton in Derbyshire to ‘take the baths’ and would have