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On 27th August, 1896 : The Anglo-Zanzibar War

The Anglo-Zanzibar War
It lasted barely forty minutes, but it brought slavery to an end in the little island territory.

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Category: Kings and Queens

Q. Of which European country was Philip, consort of Queen Mary I of England, the King?

Although barred by Parliament from inheriting the English crown, he always thought he should have been King, and the Spanish Armada of 1588 was his attempt to claim his ‘right’.

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September 15, 1939

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from the British Isles

› Concerto Op. 2 No. 2 in C Major

3. Allegro ma non troppo, tempo di menuetto

John Hebden (1712-1765)

Performed by Cantilena with Adrian Shepherd.

New Stories
Bite-size tales from history, myth and fiction, with a little music and some exercises in grammar and composition.
Pirates at Penzance
The people of Penzance in Cornwall did not think an Algerian corsair much better than a French warship.
Britain and the Tsars (part one)
Britain’s ties to the rulers of Russia go back to the time of the Norman Invasion.
The Summons Comes for Mr Standfast (part one)
In John Buchan’s story about the Great War, Richard Hannay must watch as his friend sacrifices his life for the Allies.
John Buchan (1875-1940)
For Valour
The Victoria Cross is the highest award made to our Armed Forces.
Burning Daylight
George Stephenson argued that his steam engines were solar-powered.
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904)
The Spear of St Mercurius (part one)
Roman Emperor Julian was ready to destroy an entire Christian community over his wounded pride.
Based on a sermon by Elfric of Eynsham
With Hymns and Sweet Perfumes
Elfric imagines how the Virgin Mary went to her eternal home.
Elfric of Eynsham
Flodden Edge
The Scots paid a heavy price for honouring their ‘Auld Alliance’ with France.
New Puzzles
Quick brainteasers testing vocabulary and arithmetic.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
See how long it takes you to find a pair of words in a jumble of letters.
Ash and Oak
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with ASH and finish with OAK.
Quickword No. 33
Do you know ‘rim’ (4 letters), and ‘the Roman name for Chester’ (4 letters)?
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Tall Ship
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with TALL and finish with SHIP.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
From the Archives
Some stories you may have missed.
A Tempting Offer
True moral integrity comes from within.
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
A King-Sized Conspiracy
Rudolf Rassendyll is on holiday in Ruritania when he stumbles across a plot by the King’s brother to steal the crown.
Anthony Hope (1863-1933)
How Brutus of Troy Became Britain’s First King
An early mediaeval myth linking British civilization to the Fall of Troy.
King Henry II
The great-grandson of William the Conqueror, whose knights assassinated Thomas Becket and whose family harried him to an early grave.
The Lambton Worm (part one)
Part One. John Lambton goes fishing on a Sunday, and lets loose all kinds of trouble.
Welcome to Micklegarth
After the Norman Conquest, thousands of worried Englishmen departed for a new life in the Byzantine world.
Ethelred to William I
England’s rulers from the king who lost his crown to the Danes, to the French duke who took the crown from the English.
The Martyrdom of St James the Great
James, brother the John the Evangelist, was executed for his faith by a close friend of the Emperor Caligula.