Timeline of History

This page is an ongoing work.  My start date of 1066 is an arbitrary one in that I could, if I’d wanted to, have started with pre-history and move forward.  Who knows, in time, I might add in some earlier dates.  I’m adding to my time line as I find information and as I need it.  I am also having a ‘spring clean’ so adding information from my notes somewhat randomly as I go.

Click on the images to open a new page detailing the events for the century represented by the image.  Select ‘open new tab’ so that you can move between the different centuries easily – I’m not trying to teach anyone how to suck eggs here, its just that this is all a bit of a learning process for me, so I’m guessing that there’re others out there like me who haven’t quite got this whole intuitive thing yet and prefer some instructions.

The Eleventh Century was dominated by the Norman Conquest and the key year that everyone knows is 1066.

5 Jan 1066:            King Edward the Confessor dies.


Bayeux Tapestry



The Twelfth Century saw civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda followed by the rule of the Plantagenets and the ascent of the Angevin Empire.  They reigns of King Richard the Lionheart and King John are most closely associated with the legend of Robin Hood.



The Thirteenth Century saw Magna Carta and the beginning of the Wars of Independence between England and Scotland.

Rare Copy Of Magna Carta


The Fourteenth Century saw the start of The Hundred Years War and the Black Death.  Chaucer started out on his political career and in Europe there was a papal schism.


The Fifteenth Century saw the deposition of Richard II, the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses. Double click on a the image to open a new window.

st albans



The Sixteenth Century is the Tudor century with the Dissolution of the Monasteries; the Reformation and Counter-Reformation; Henry VIII and his six wives;  the Spanish Armada and Shakespeare.


The Seventeenth Century sees the Stuarts on the throne; the union of the Scottish and English crowns; ship tax; the English Civil War; the Commonwealth, the restoration; the Great Fire of London and the Glorious Revolution.


The Eighteenth Century brings two Jacobite uprisings and the Industrial Revolution and that’s just a start.


The Nineteenth Century sees the expansion of Britain’s Empire and the reign of Victoria as well as the Battle of Trafalgar and the Battle of Waterloo.


The Twentieth Century saw the mechanisation of war and changing concepts of society and the individual as well as the decline of empire and Britain’s traditional industries.


Click on the images to open a new page containing more detailed chronologies.

3 thoughts on “Timeline of History

  1. I searched my line back to 1212 but have only the names with professions back to 1670 London .I can prove positively that Lady Kateryn Parr and her brother William and Anne her sister all born in Blackfriars house London .Last member of Parr family born in Kendal castle was Sir William Parr in 1400s Campden told us that Kendal castle was falling down long before Kate was born. Besides Sir Thomas Parr was employed by King Richard 111 and passed on to King Henry the bastard later so he could not have been in Kendal . He had built a house in abbey grounds for him and his wife Maude Green so all their children born there for certain. I told Kendal Council this when they invited me to give a talk at opening of castle repaired. I refused on grounds that cash better spent on preserving the towns yard system built for war and easy defense by locals by Sir William Parr 11 son of Baron Parr. I said no Parr has been born in this castle since him .They did not want to hear this as Kate Parr being born there is their only claim to fame.

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