Category Archives: British history

A Brief History of The Reformation 1485 – 1580

When Henry VII came to the throne, the York-Lancaster conflict knew an end. Henry earned a monopoly over all gun-powder, which had become the new weapon of warfare. As a result, the power of the monarchy was immeasurably solidified. With … Continue reading

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Medical Advancements Leading to Real Progress in the 18th Century

Early on, the civilize world saw the study of nature as essential to the welfare of all mankind. The 16th Century saw great strides. Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that … Continue reading

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The Birth of Victoria, Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal

Only ten months after pronouncing her vows to her beloved Albert, Queen Victoria delivered forth the first of their children. The birth of Princess Victoria on 20 November 1840 was the first direct heir born to a reigning monarch in … Continue reading

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Roger Sherman, Signer of the Articles of Association, Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U. S. Constitution

In 1723, when Sherman was 2 years of age, his family relocated from his Newton, MA, birthplace to Dorchester (present Stoughton). As a boy, Roger read widely in his spare time to supplement his minimal education at a common school. Sherman … Continue reading

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Lewis Morris, Lord of Morrisania Manor and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Lewis Morris III was born on April 8, 1726, in Morrisania, New York, into a rich and privileged family. In 1762, upon the death of his father, Lewis inherited the family estate, Morrisania, which covered about 2000 acres, and resembled a small … Continue reading

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Life Below Stairs – Part 7 – The Expense of Keeping Servants

The landed aristocrats were VERY slow to give up the expenses of an extensive household staff. We saw that “plot” being used in the final season of Downton Abbey. It is said that the sixth Duke of Portland employed some … Continue reading

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Samuel Chase, Only U. S. Supreme Court Judge to Face Impeachment Charges and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Samuel Chase was born in Somerset County, Maryland, 11 April 1741. His father Thomas Chase graduated from both Eton and Cambridge. At Eton, he earned honors in both Latin and Hebrew; later, at Cambridge, he studied medicine and earned a … Continue reading

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