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.

How to spot: A Roman Road

Roman street at Corbridge Roman Town
Posted:
22 May 2017
Posted By:
Mary-Ann Ochota
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Hadrian’s Wall is the most remarkable Roman monument in Britain, running 117km (73 miles) from England’s east coast to west coast. But interestingly, the Roman road that runs along its southern side is a rare example of a non-straight Roman road! Hadrian’s Wall, and its Scottish cousin, the An...

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How to garden like a medieval monk

Mount Grace Priory - reconstruction drawing by Judith Dobie of the priory in the early 16th century where the monks would have lived
Posted:
7 April 2017
Posted By:
Dr Michael Klemperer
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Being a monk is a commitment for life - and during the medieval period it certainly wasn't an easy calling. As all monks took vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability (for example, not to leave the cloister), this naturally impacted their daily lives. But a lesser known fact is how ...

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England’s first official Queen: Mary Tudor

Plaque to Mary Tudor at Framlingham Castle
Posted:
16 March 2017
Posted By:
Christian Bace
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As part of Women’s History Month, we’re exploring the story of how Mary Tudor became the first crowned Queen of England at Framlingham Castle in 1553. A king died in 1553. There were arguments about who would succeed him. A familiar scenario perhaps, but what made it different in 1553 was tha...

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Why are Daffodils yellow?

February Gold daffodils at Witley Court
Posted:
6 March 2017
Posted By:
English Heritage
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Daffodils are an unmistakable sign of springtime in our gardens, and with their yellow petals and large trumpets, they’re easy to spot. Or should that be small trumpets and white petals? There are tall ones, tiny ones – even pink ones? How did we get so many different varieties? Daffodils a...

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