History Uncovered

Find the answers to your questions about history, read in depth analysis of historical events from our experts and discover the stories of English Heritage sites around the country.

A short history of giants and where to find them

Posted:
11 October 2019
Posted By:
Mary Bateman
Categories:
History Uncovered

You might think they’d be hard to miss, but giants are everywhere. We’re not talking about the cruel and destructive giants that you might expect, like Roald Dahl’s terrifying Fleshlumpeater. Instead, the mythical giants in England’s landscape are often closer to the BFG himself: builders ra...

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Stories of our Statues

Posted:
1 July 2019
Posted By:
English Heritage
Categories:
History Uncovered

Myths, legends and folklore are intricately linked with the stories of England's past. But while a lot of these are carried through generational stories and historical literature, tangible associations live on at the historic places we care for. Through the statues at our sites, we can see represent...

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Hadrian’s Wall and the Original Night’s Watch

Hadrian's Wall
Posted:
19 March 2019
Posted By:
Frances McIntosh
Categories:
History Uncovered

It’s well known that George R R Martin drew on many aspects of British history as inspiration for the world of Game of Thrones. The immense ice wall that protects the northern border of Westeros is definitely reminiscent of a certain structure in our care. But how similar was life for the Roman so...

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