Great Events in British History: A Beginner’s Guide to The Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII

ruins-of-the-monastery

Henry VIII broke with the Church of Rome following the Pope’s refusal to grant him an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Once he was Head of the Church in England and in possession of a new wife, Henry cast his eyes covetously on a new … [Read more...]

Fit for a Queen: 10 Interesting Facts and Figures about Windsor Castle You Might Not Know

800px-Windsor_Castle_at_Sunset_-_Nov_2006-600x400

Originally built by King William I in the decade following the Battle of Hastings, today Windsor Castle is the largest castle still in use by a reigning monarch. Several monarchs have added onto William’s original castle over history, with more … [Read more...]

Anglophile Alert: Special Anglotopia Reader Discount for the Royal Oak Foundation – Visit National Trust Properties for Free

Chartwell - Winston Churchill's Home Owned by the National Trust

Editor’s Note: For those that don’t know, Americans can support the National Trust in England and gain unlimited entry to all their properties by joining the Royal Oak Foundation, their American affiliate. We joined last year and have taken advantage … [Read more...]

Great Britons: John Churchill 1st Duke of Marlborough – The Man Who Redrew the Map of Europe and Inspired Winston Churchill

John_Churchill,_1st_Duke_of_Marlborough_by_Sir_Godfrey_Kneller,_Bt

The 1st Duke of Marlborough was a larger-than-life creation of the complex politics of the 17th century, going from power to the Tower and back again. He was an important military leader and won decisive battles that helped draw the map of Europe for … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Luton Hoo – The Great House Turned Hotel

Luton_Hoo,_Bedfordshire,_England,_19_Sept._2010_-_Flickr_-_PhillipC_(2)

Luton Hoo mansion house has been re-built and re-modelled by some of the finest architects to work in England. The house has seen visits from royalty such as Queen Mary, Edward VII and Queen Elizabeth II and been owned by a Prime Minister and Russian … [Read more...]