Explore the history timeline and click through to discover the real stories behind the historical figures from British history. Find out which properties these historic people once visited or even called home and follow in their footsteps to experience your own British History Break. You can also read about the events in history that shaped the buildings that you are visiting.

1200
1239
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King Edward I

King Edward I

1239 to 1307

Edward is regarded as one of England's most formidable warrior kings. Both before and during his reign he displayed exceptional military aptitude but the legacy of his conquests almost ruined England's finances.

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1274
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Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce

1274 to 1329

A Scottish king who rose from being an outlaw to seeing the return of an independent Scotland.

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1296
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Borders Reivers

Borders Reivers

1296 to 1547

Out of the political instability that existed in the borderlands of Scotland and England emerged the Border Reivers

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1400
1452
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Richard III

Richard III

1452 to 1485

Despite only being King of England for two short years, Richard III is remembered as one of English history’s great villains

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1485
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Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell

1485 to 1540

Henry VIII’s closest confidant, often regarded as the mastermind of Henry VIII’s administration.

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1491
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Henry VIII

Henry VIII

1491 to 1547

Tudor King who is as well known for his erratic behaviour as he is for his transformation of British politics.

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1500
1530
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Grace O'Malley

Grace O'Malley

1530 to 1603

Grace has had a profound and long lasting impact on Irish culture

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1533
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Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

1533 to 1603

The virgin queen who oversaw a Golden Age in England

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1542
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Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

1542 to 1587

Mother to James I of England and Scotland, she briefly could claim to be the heir to four thrones only for the brutality of the mediaeval age to cast her as the victim in her own tragic play.

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1599
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Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell

1599 to 1658

Oliver Cromwell was a military and political leader who played a key role during the English civil war and eventually became Lord Protector of United Britain and Ireland.

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1600
1632
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Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren

1632 to 1723

Best known for his architectural legacy, Wren was a mathematician and scientist who designed 54 churches and many of London’s landmark buildings after the medieval city was destroyed by fire

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1700
1759
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William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce

1759 to 1833

A leader of the abolitionist movement who used his position to eventually force a ban on slavery in the British empire

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1759
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Robert Burns

Robert Burns

1759 to 1796

Highly acclaimed Scottish poet and writer

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1771
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Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott

1771 to 1832

Scottish poet and writer, who enjoyed International fame during his lifetime

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1785
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Thomas Love Peacock

Thomas Love Peacock

1785 to 1866

A highly accomplished writer, satirist and poet

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1792
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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley

1792 to 1822

One of Britain’s most famous romantic poets

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1800