In 2010, scientists investigating a 400-year-old portrait of Queen Elizabeth I made a very curious discovery — a hidden snake in the queen’s hand... The mysterious painting was created in the late 1580s or early 1590s by an unknown artist. In it, Elizabeth I is depicted in a magnificent, jewel-laden gown with a faint smile… Continue reading Secret snake discovered in Elizabeth I painting – what was she hiding?
The King’s Deception is a Dan Brown-esque conspiracy thriller that centres on one of British history’s most intriguing political conspiracy theories. FULL SPOILERS AHEAD... There are two reasons why I wanted to read The King’s Deception. 1. Because of its parallels with Million Eyes, my own forthcoming conspiracy thriller with historic British conspiracy theories at… Continue reading Book Review – “The King’s Deception” by Steve Berry
Born August 18th 1587, Virginia Dare was the first English child born in America. However, she was also part of the ill-fated Roanoke Colony, which mysteriously disappeared around the time of the Spanish Armada and thereafter became known as the “Lost Colony”... In 1584, Queen Elizabeth I instructed Sir Walter Raleigh to establish an English… Continue reading The mystery of Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony
Could it really be the case that ‘William Shakespeare’ is just a fictional alias hiding the real scribes of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and the like? Is Shakespeare the biggest hoax of British history? The notion that Shakespeare didn’t actually write his popular catalogue of plays has been debated since the middle of the 19th… Continue reading Is William Shakespeare history’s biggest fraud?
Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and the last Tudor monarch, is probably England’s most famous and decorated ruler. But one of the wildest royal conspiracy theories in history contends that this famous and decorated ruler was actually a bloke called Neville. In an age of rampant sexism, Queen Elizabeth I was a force to… Continue reading Queen Elizabeth I was actually a man in drag
It’s Guy Fawkes Night! But should it be called Guy Fawkes Night? Robert Catesby was behind the Gunpowder Plot, not Guy Fawkes. In fact, there’s a theory that someone else was behind it – Sir Robert Cecil, England’s Secretary of State… Today is the 409th anniversary of the day a Catholic terrorist conspiracy to blow… Continue reading Was the Gunpowder Plot an inside job?