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.  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…

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.

Who Was Simon de Montfort?

Who Was Simon de Montfort?

Who was Simon de Montfort? He was a man who wore many labels during his colourful life He was, in no particular order; The Earl of Leicester Brother in law to King Henry III of England Son of Simon de Montfort, a crusader Grandson of Amicie de Leicester, eldest daughter of Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl…

Edward II King of England

Edward II King of England

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

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Plantagenet MonarchsEdward II King of England 1284-1327 Edward II King of England’s mother sought to depose her own son. It cannot be the sign of a strong kingship surely? Judge for yourself with this brief summary timeline, family trees and short narrative of the life of Edward II, king…

Edward I King of England

Edward I King of England

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Plantagenet Monarchs

Born to an unenviable heritage with the infamous John as his grand-father and Henry III a failing father how would Edward I change the tide that had swept before him? Was it even possible and how would his life map-out and impact on the development and history of Britain? Find out about Edward’s reign and timeline of major events, his ancestors and descendents and family tree here as part of our Plantagenet collection.

Isabella of Gloucester The First Wife of King John

Isabella of Gloucester The First Wife of King John

Isabella of Gloucester, first wife of King John, was a survivor. A rich and potentially powerful woman, we know little about Isabella, another forgotten Medieval woman whose role in historical events is lost.

Elizabeth Woodville Queen of Edward IV

Elizabeth Woodville Queen of Edward IV

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Intriguing Women

Elizabeth Woodville would marry a King but her sons would end their lives imprisoned by their uncle in the tower who would become the much maligned Richard III. He was this Queen who drove a King to marry in secret and fall out with his own family?

Edward IV 1442-1483

Edward IV 1442-1483

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series House of York

Edward IV a Plantagenet and 1st Yorkist King would be betrayed by both his brothers marry for love his Queen Elizabeth WOODVILLE, (the White Queen) what a tangled web he wove and shaped the events that contributed to the War of the Roses and his brother’s remains being rediscovered in Leicester in 2013

Richard Duke of York 1411 1460

Richard Duke of York 1411 1460

Richard of York was born of Royal blood and lineage from both his parents, he would seek to usurp the ineffectual Henry VI and lead the Yorkist cause, he would be killed before the Yorks came to the throne but his death would urge his son Edward IV to seize the crown. Find out here about the intriguing events that drove his life and influence upon the outcomes of the War of the roses fought between the Lancasters and Yorks and eventually embroiling the TUDORS who would come to outlive and rule beyond both great houses.

Boudica British Queen

Boudica British Queen

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Roman Timeline

Boudica was Queen of the Iceni during the early occupation of the Romans of Britain. She took the fight to them when they abused her husbands will and violated her daughters and her own honour.

Who was Pelagius?

Who was Pelagius?

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Roman Timeline

Pelagius was a monk from Britain, who, in the C4th during the Roman occupation of Britain, opposed the theological views of St Augustine and was excommunicated

Constantine the Great

Constantine the Great

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Roman Timeline

Constantine the Great, proclaimed Emperor in York, this man went on to unite a fragmented Roman Empire and create a moment of stability in an empire riven with discord.

King Cenwulf of Mercia

King Cenwulf of Mercia

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series British Monarchs

King Cenwulf a successor of King Offa, the last of the Mercian Kings to rule over England.

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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