Intriguing People and their Intriguing Connections.

Intriguing people in British history. In this historic theme we muse upon characters we find intriguing. People whose deeds or words capture our imagination. 

  • The Royal Society
  • King Henry V
  • Tariff Reform League
  • Wynkyn de Worde Printer
  • Laura Bassi Scientist
  • Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation
  • Rachel Wriothesley wife of Lord Russell
  • Cult of the Virgin Mary
  • Henrietta Vansittart Engineer

Find out who we find intriguing using the timeline or explore other historical themes via maps and timelines. Intriguing people in British history who are they, and who did they know? How did they connect with each other and our history?

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious
Albert Einstein

In this theme we explore individuals who left their mark on history or influenced others. Drawn from a wide sphere Kings, Queens, Princes, Politicians, Reformers, Artists, Scientists, Matchmakers and Lamplighters, Engineers to Philosophers, what makes them do what they do and be who are they?

Intriguing people who sometimes slip through the net of history.

Lt. Colonel Percival Harrison Fawcett born in 1867 was a British artillery officer, archaeologist and South American explorer. Along with his eldest son, he disappeared under unknown circumstances in 1925 during an expedition to find “Z”, his name for what he believed to be an ancient lost city in the uncharted jungles of Brazil.

Intriguing People
Percival Harrison Fawcett

Some people have been written out of history or not included in the first place, Many influential women, whose influence has changed the course of history are some of the most intriguing. Everyone has their place in history and the voices of rich and poor need to be heard. All are intriguing people, their actions and inaction, their friends and families, colleagues and known associates and even their enemies, detractors and opponents.

Despite our island status, our history, stretches outwards, far and wide across 5 continents.

British Monarchs and Prime Ministers,  Who is your “Greatest Britain in History?” coming soon, 50th Anniversary tribute Winston Churchill was he a polymath? Expanding our collections shortly to include, Aritists, Authors, Architects, Artisans and Women in History. Interactive and searchable lists, articles, timelines and family trees to help you make your own intriguing connections.

 

WW1 Remembrance Poetry Art and Hope

WW1 Remembrance Poetry Art and Hope

The Digital Archives of WW1 Poetry needs little introduction. Worthy of a reflective browse and full of deeply moving artefacts. When souls in the extremes of horrific wars raise themselves to such heights, in spite of all they face, it feels like the least we can do is to take inspiration from their art and…

Rachel Wriothesley wife of Lord Russell

Rachel Wriothesley wife of Lord Russell

Rachel Wriothesley played an interesting role in 17th Century intrigue but who was she? Rachel was born in 1636 in Titchfield Hampshire, the daughter of Thomas Wriothesley the 4th Earl of Southampton. The Wriothesley’s had an illustrious history, after the Reformation, the family grew more powerful and wealthier than ever before. Thomas Wriothesley, the 1st…

Sarah Guppy an English Inventor

Sarah Guppy an English Inventor

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Women Inventors, Scientists and Engineers

Sarah Guppy an English inventor and a rare breed indeed. She was born in 1770 and developed a passion for engineering that culminated in a plethora of useful and esoteric inventions.

The Cult of Chivalry

The Cult of Chivalry

The cult of chivalry was born out of the military culture that existed in the 11th century Chivalry was a code of honour for military warriors to follow. These men came from part of the elite ‘aristocratic’ society that existed at the time. Quite literally, the word chivalry came from the French word ‘chevalerie’ meaning…

Fair Rosamund

Fair Rosamund

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series Intriguing Women

Fair Rosamund, another intriguing woman of the Plantagenet period. Mistress of King Henry II but just why was she so important in his life?

IT Livery Companies History and Dame Shirley

IT Livery Companies History and Dame Shirley

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series Intriguing Women

Dame Stephanie Shirley, aka Steve computing pioneer, philanthropist and advocate for strategic projects in Autism and child escaping Nazi Germany via the British Kindertransport initiative. She survived and succeeded against the odds, one 10,000 against one and a half million that perished..She is part of history and very much alive and still making it happen, she is for me an inspiration and continues a long line of great contributions to British life that started with the story of a migration and the struggles of an immigrant trying to make the best of the cards life has dealt the, We can all learn something from Dame Shirley.

Richard II King 1377-1399

Richard II King 1377-1399

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Plantagenet Monarchs

Richard II son of the Black Prince and Grandson of Edward III what kind of a King would he make coming to the throne at just 9 years old, confronting the Peasants Revolt and growing-up with the burden of kingship. Follow his timeline and chronology of the events that shape his life and impact on his kingdom.

Sidney Street Siege and Winston Churchill 1911

Sidney Street Siege and Winston Churchill 1911

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Winston Churchill polymath

Winston Churchill as Home Secretary 1911, dressed in Top Hat it could be mistaken for a scene from the Silent movies but find out what happened and decide for yourself was it ‘over-the-top’ for Winston to be there and to call in Artillery?

Edward Coke 1552 – 1634

Edward Coke 1552 – 1634

Edward Coke, supreme barrister and politician of the C16th and C17th, whose belief and work in Common Law became part of the English and US Constitution whose name should be known by every child in the UK.

Duke of Windsor Sends his Best to Winston Churchill

Duke of Windsor Sends his Best to Winston Churchill

A British King had abdicated for the woman he loved, some 18 years later he would make a rare and awkward film appearance on the occassion of Winston Churchill’s 80th. Had the political climate thawed after the tragedy of a family divided and the Duke wanted to pay tribute and honour an old friend and loyal servant of the nation. An intriguing moment that might be repeated, see he video and follow our new Windsor period on Intriguing History.

Winston Churchill 50th Anniversary Tribute

Winston Churchill 50th Anniversary Tribute

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Winston Churchill polymath

The start of a series of some facets of Winston Churchill and his intriguing connections, the character of the man himself his triumphs and failures, his polymorphic abilities, science, writing, oratory excellence, the people he knew and what he thought about them and vice versa. Simply one of the most intriguing men in at least British 20th century history, he had his failing but packed huge amounts in to a life of extremes and huge contrasts. What can we find and connect as a series on the intriguing people he was involved with, how he promoted and developed science and technology throughout his career and a little colour about the character of the man.

Richard III Illegitimate?

Richard III Illegitimate?

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series House of York

The remains of King Richard III discovered in Leicester in 2013, continue to shed new light on the dynasty that ruled during the War of the Roses.

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DatesIntriguing PeopleCATEGORY
1147 - 1219William Marshall
Knight politician under King John
Politician Knight
1167 - 1216King John
King of England who sealed Magna Carta
monarch
1445 - 1527Jane Shore
Mistress of King Edward IV
1485 - 1540Thomas Cromwell
English lawyer and statesman who served as chief minister to King Henry VIII of England from 1532 to 1540. Cromwell was one of the strongest and most powerful advocates of the English Reformation
1494 - 1536William Tyndale
English scholar who became a leading figure in Protestant reform under King Henry VIII until he was executed. He is well known for his translation of the Bible into English
Writer scholar
1552 - 1634Edward Coke
English barrister and judge who opposed James I and authored the Petition of Right
Lawyer Politician
1624 - 1691George Fox
English dissenter and Founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers)
Theologian
1644 - 1718William Penn Theologian Lawyer
The son of an admiral and landowner, he was educated in theology and the law. In his twenties he converted to the Quaker religion and was jailed several times for his resistance to the Church of England. In 1681, he received a royal charter to form a new colony in America, to be named Pennsylvania; he envisioned this territory as a peaceful refuge for members of all religious beliefs.
Theologian Lawyer
1689 - 1762Mary Wortley Montagu Writer and Social Reformer
Aristocrat, writer and social reformer.
Writer Social Reformer
1709Dr Samuel Johnson, (1709 - 1784) great lexicographer
1728 - 1779James Cook
Captain in the Royal Navy, scientist, cartographer and explorer
Naval Officer Cartographer explorer
1743 - 1820Joseph Banks
British explorer and naturalist, and one of the great men of his age. As long-time President of the Royal Society he steered the course of British science for the first part of the 19th century.
Explorer scientist
1759 - 1833William Wilberforce
English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.
Politician Philanthropist
1770 - 1852Sarah Guppy Engineer
In 1811 she patented the first of her inventions, a method of making safe piling for bridges. She was a friend of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and gave him and the government advice on the GWR.
Engineer
1780 - 1845Elizabeth Fry
English prison reformer, social reformer and, as a Quaker, a Christian philanthropist
Social Reformer
1799 - 1847Mary Anning Fossil Hunter
Dorset fossil dealer and palaeontologist who became famous for her discovery of the first ichthyosaur skeleton.
Scientist
1805 - 1865Robert Fitzroy
Royal Naval Officer. Captain of HMS Beagle with Darwin. Scientist and meteorologist who created an accurate way of forecasting weather for sailors.
Naval Officer Scientist
1815 -1852Ada Lovelace
English mathematician who worked with Charles Babbage on his early mechanical computer
Mathematician
1819 - 1891Joseph Bazalgette
Engineer who built London's sewers and embanked the Thames.
Engineer
London Sewers
1827 - 1912Joseph Lister
British surgeon and pioneer of the use of antiseptics in surgery.
Medicine
1828 - 1906Josephine Butler
Feminist and social reformer who was especially concerned with the welfare of prostitutes.She campaigned against child prostitution and against the Contagious Diseases Acts which allowed women suspected of being prostitutes to be forceably examined. She also campaigned on educational issues.
Feminist Social Reformer
1831 - 1904Isabella Bird
English explorer, writer, photographer and naturalist. She worked with Josephine Butler on various social issues.
Writer Explorer naturalist social reformer
1855 - 1926Dorothy Tennant Stanley
Victorian neo-classicist painter who married Henry Stanley the explorer. She was also an author.
Writer Painter
1862 - 1900Mary Kingsley Writer and Scientist
Ethnographic and Science writer who explored and wrote about Africa among the founders of the Royal African Society. She was the niece of Charles Kingsley the writer.
Writer Scientist
1871 - 1962Ethel Mary Charles
First woman to be admitted to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1898.
Architect
1876 - 1928Eglantyne Jebb Founder of Save the Children Social ReformerSocial Reformer
1894 - 1978Victoria Drummond First woman marine engineer in BritainEngineer
1908 - 1964Ian Fleming Author of James Bond Novels
In WW2 Ian Fleming received a commission in the Royal Navy and worked for British Naval Intelligence. Eventually serving as the assistant to Admiral John Godfrey, the director of Naval Intelligence. He learnt about espionage and after the war became an author, writing the James Bond novels.
Novelist