Our guide to history
Kristina K

Our guide to history

First published date October 08 2013 Amended date October 31 2014

Do you find yourself asking questions like ‘How did things get to be this way?’, ‘What exactly happened during the World Wars?’ ‘What were their motivations?’ If you’re constantly questioning the past and would love to learn why the world and its people came to be as they are today, then study history. History covers a wide range of subjects like art, film, music, literature, English, medicine, medieval, military, political, war and loads more. Whether you’re learning for school, university or for pure interest, have a look at our history courses that are suitable for all your needs and levels.


What are D-Things we can learn from battles and wars?

From D-Day and the Battle of Hastings to medieval Kings and Queens, courses in war history and medieval history are great to unearth some of the world’s best kept treasures. Walk with impressive Byzantine empresses like Theodora, Irene and Zoe who wielded power in a man’s world; revive pagan religions and their historical links with artistic heritage; relive the effects of Black Death on the world’s religious, social and economic turmoil; and experience the French Revolution and Napoleonic upheavals.   


Question history – let’s get sceptical

Art history and criticism courses enhance your engagement with contemporary visual art and the practice of criticism. You’ll contextualise and develop your ideas through exhibitions, published art criticism, contemporary cultural theory and artists’ and writers’ talks. This course is great for those who don’t like accepting and simply regurgitating what they’ve been told, rather it’s a platform to explore, question and share ideas and criticism.   


Become a history major

Many students study history for their undergraduate degrees, some because they’re genuinely interested in making this their career, whilst others aren’t too sure about what to do but know they enjoy learning about the past. Whatever it is, a degree in history is a winner amongst employers. There’s an endless array of opportunities for history students; from becoming professional historians to crafting careers in diverse fields like law, business, journalism, public service and medicine.


More than just dates

Learning about history helps you understand your identity, the past and the present. It also turns you into a thinking person. You learn to question and analyse things beyond the headlines. Imagine studying different historical theories and conflicting stories, allowing you to form your own opinions. In a way, it’s a form of time travel which enables you to understand the origins of modern political and social problems. History also lets you make sense of other subjects, something that employers are looking for in prospective workers.


The fall of Anne Boleyn

The famous Anne Boleyn was appointed as lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s wife Catherine of Aragon. She was thought not to be particularly pretty, being the opposite of the pale, blonde-haired, blue-eyed image of beauty which dominated the 16th century. She had dark olive skin, thick brown hair and eyes which appeared black. She used them to her advantage though and the fascination surrounding her won Anne many admirers at court.

Henry VIII had grown tired of his wife, who failed to produce him a male heir. Henry sought to make Anne his mistress, as he had with Anne’s sister, Mary, years before. Anne however, denied Henry sexual favours and said she would only be his wife, not his mistress. It was ‘Queen or nothing’ for Anne.

Henry began to seek an annulment of his marriage to Catherine, making him free to marry again and Anne’s position continued to rise, despite not being popular with the people of England. By the end of 1532, Anne gave way and finally fell pregnant. To avoid questions of the child’s legitimacy, they got secretly married although the King’s marriage to Catherine was not yet dissolved. Anne was crowned and anointed Queen after that.

Anne gave birth to a baby girl, Princess Elizabeth. Anne knew that it was imperative that she produced a son, but, her two subsequent pregnancies resulted in miscarriages. At that point, Anne knew that her life was in danger when the King took a fancy to one of her ladies-in-waiting, Jane Seymour.   

Anne was finally arrested for charges on adultery, incest and plotting to murder the King. Her enemies had been plotting against her using the King’s attentions to Jane Seymour. Anne was executed with one swift stroke to her head.

Check out our Pinterest for historical buildings, figures, literature, art and more.    


Strange facts about British history

Before the London Bridge we have now, there was another that went by the same name and in 1967 was dismantled to be relocated to the US. When shipped to Arizona in 1968, London Bridge was classified by US customs as a ‘large antique.’


Winston Churchill had a secret bunker in Neasden. He hated it, and only ever went there once.


From the year 1912 until 1948, painting was an Olympic event.


In the 16th century, bearded men had to pay a special tax. 

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