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Important Voyages and Journeys of the Tudor Period

Trade and exploration weren’t high on the royal agenda until the reign of Edward VI. After that, the Crown and the merchant community keenly backed voyages. Here are some of the most important voyages [more…]

Key Executions of the Tudor Period

The Tudors carried out more political executions than you'll find listed here, but these deaths represent significant markers in the development of the respective monarch’s sense of identity. The message [more…]

Notable Tudor Laws

The key stages in the development of Tudor government are marked by the passage of acts of Parliament. Indeed, the Tudors never claimed the right to make laws by any other means. Here are some of the more [more…]

The Tudors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The British Isles have witnessed many great regal dynasties through the ages, but none more turbulent, exciting and controversial than the Tudors. This Cheat Sheet gives you the essential up-front information [more…]

A Timeline of Important Events in Canadian History

Canadian history is a lot of fun. There are heroes and villains, tragedies and triumphs, great battles and sudden betrayals, loyal refugees and long struggles for social justice. The interpretation of [more…]

The Prime Ministers of Canada

Some of the most notable Canadian prime ministers were John A. Macdonald, Robert Borden, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Lester “Mike” Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, and Brian Mulroney. But there were many others [more…]

Kings and Queens and When They Ruled over Canada

The following list shows the reigning kings and queens of what ultimately would become Canada, before and after the conquest of New France in 1763. [more…]

Provinces and Territories and When They Became Part of Canada

Canadian confederation didn’t happen in a day. The provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were the first to come onboard in 1867, but it wasn’t until 1999 that the territory of Nunavut [more…]

Canadian History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Any place as eclectic and mixed up as Canada will never be able to settle on a single unified, national history that will please everyone, but make no mistake: There is a Canadian history that we need [more…]

Rulers of England 924–1603

The first king acknowledged as king of all England was the Saxon King of Wessex, Athelstan, who came to the throne in 924. Later, Edward I brought Wales under English rule and Henry VIII incorporated it [more…]

Rulers of Scotland 843–1625

The first king who is generally regarded as having ruled over all of Scotland was Kenneth MacAlpin, who had managed to conquer both the Picts and the Scots by 842. No-one knows exactly when he was declared [more…]

Rulers of England and Scotland 1603–1707

King James VI of Scotland inherited the throne of England in 1603. Although this is called ‘the Union of the Crowns’, in fact the crowns of England and Scotland remained separate until the Act and Treaty [more…]

Rulers of Great Britain 1707–1801 and of the United Kingdom 1801–Present

The Act and Treaty of Union of 1707 between the Parliaments of England and Scotland created a Kingdom of Great Britain which consisted of England (which incorporated Wales) and Scotland. In 1801 the Act [more…]

British Prime Ministers 1721–Present

The office of Prime (or ‘first’) Minister developed in the eighteenth century, when the First Lord of the Treasury came to be regarded as the official head of the government. The first person who is generally [more…]

The British Isles: The Lie of the Land

The islands of Britain and Ireland are normally referred to as ‘the British Isles’ – not a politically accurate term (Ireland is not ‘British’) but no-one has yet come up with a workable alternative. [more…]

The Historical Periods of Britain

The history of Britain is usually divided by historians into a series of periods. This list gives you some of the highlights of each period. [more…]

British History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

British history is full of wonderful people (quite a few of whom were clearly stark raving mad, but that’s history for you) and exciting events – all of which helped make Britain the sort of place it is [more…]

Key Dates in Australian History

Australian history — well, that kind that’s been written down — begins some 400 years ago when European traders and explorers first started coming up against the coast of a continent they hadn’t found [more…]

Australian History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Australian history packs a lot of punch into a short recorded time span. You want the world’s oldest continuous indigenous culture? It’s right here. A nation that starts as a convict dumping ground and [more…]

Ancient Egypt Timeline

Here’s an overview of periods of Egyptian history. Some of the dates and dynasties overlap, especially during the Intermediate Periods, because different kings ruled different parts of Egypt at the same [more…]

Ancient Egyptians For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Ancient Egypt is famous for its history, architecture, religion . . . the list goes on! Here you’ll find a timeline detailing important periods that shaped this fascinating civilization. [more…]

People of the Templar Order

Every organization has a chain of command, and the Knights Templar were no different. This alphabetical list shows the different people who made up the Templar Order and the duties they performed for the [more…]

Templar Architecture

The Templars were ambitious builders who modeled much of their architecture after Byzantine examples. The following list shows elements of Templar architecture and explains their uses: [more…]

Important Dates in Templar History

The following timeline highlights historical events and people that shaped the Templar Order, established the Templars' place in history, and eventually led to its dissolution: [more…]

The Templar Code For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Knights Templar hold an interesting place in the history of Europe. The hierarchy of the people of the Templar Order was as well-structured as their architecture, both of which you'll see below. You'll [more…]

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