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The best pictures of Richard III

Posted in Best pictures, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Royalty, Shakespeare on Monday, 4 February 2013

The best pictures of Richard III show him leaving to do battle at Bosworth Field and fighting on the field of battle.

The first picture of Richard III shows him riding out to defend his crown at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

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Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England by C L Doughty

The second picture shows Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

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Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 by Ron Embleton

The third pictures shows an heroic King Richard III fighting on foot after being thrown from his horse at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, where he lost the crown to Henry Tudor.

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Richard III: “My kingdom for a horse” by James E McConnell

The Titanic sank a century ago on April 15, 1912

Posted in America, Anniversary, Best pictures, Boats, Bravery, Disasters, Famous news stories, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships, Travel on Saturday, 14 April 2012

This edited article about the Titanic originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 668 published on 2 November 1974.

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On the deck of the Titanic

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Titanic sinks as her passengers attempt to escape the disaster in the inadequate number of lifeboats by Peter Jackson

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The sinking of the Titanic by Graham Coton
The famous Titanic liner was certainly aptly named. At the time of the disaster, when she sank on her maiden voyage in 1912, she was the largest ship afloat, could carry 3,320 persons, and weighed 46,328 tons.

The Titanic was of an all-steel construction and inside her steel hull were watertight compartments, each 60 feet long, which were entered, one from another, through watertight doors. She was, it was claimed at the time, unsinkable!

Armed with this confidence in the ship, the pride of the White Star shipping line, the first passengers set sail from Britain for America on the Titanic’s first and last voyage.

The water of the Atlantic on the night of the disaster was very calm and flat. She was steaming at her top speed of 22 knots and making good time.

The icebergs which float south from the Greenland coast can be a great hazard to ships on the busy routes between Europe and North America. They chill the air around them so that they are often surrounded by a cloud of mist.

And on that fateful night of April 14, 1912, one of these treacherous icebergs could not be seen from the ship as it sailed happily along. It struck the Titanic a gigantic blow ripping a hole right along the ship’s side below the water line.

She took two hours to go down and during that time 652 passengers managed to get into the lifeboats, and a further 60 into collapsible boats. In all, 712 people were saved but 1,513 others perished. These included the famous journalist W. T. Stead and John Jacob Astor, the American inventor.

The tragedy of the disaster was that many more people could have survived. Less than twenty miles away from the stricken vessel was the Leyland liner Californian which could have come to the Titanic’s rescue had its radio operator been on duty. Only the arrival of the Cunard liner Carpathia 20 minutes after the Titanic went down prevented further loss of life.

As a result of the disaster, the first International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea was called in London in 1913. At this meeting rules were drawn up requiring that every ship should have lifeboat space for each person on board. The Titanic, incidentally, had only 1,178 boat spaces for the 2,224 on board. Also, that lifeboat drills be held during each voyage; and, since the Californian had not heard the distress calls of the Titanic, that ships maintain a 24-hour radio watch. The International Ice Patrol was also established to warn ships of ice in the North Atlantic shipping lanes.

The best pictures of the Gordon Riots

Posted in Anarchy, Best pictures, History, London, Religion on Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The best pictures of the anti-Catholic riots of 1780 known as the Gordon Riots show the army shooting looters and the mob setting buildings alight. The first picture of the Gordon Riots depicts the army shooting a group of looters.

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The army takes aim and fires at the looters during the Gordon Riots, by C L Doughty

The second picture of the Gordon Riots shows the mob setting the King’s Bench Prison on fire in St George’s Fields.

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The mob destroying and setting fire to the King’s Bench Prison and House of Correction in St George’s Fields

The third picture of the Gordon Riots shows Lord George Gordon addressing the mob in St George’s Fields.

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Lord George Gordon addressing the mob in St George’s Fields

Many more pictures relating to the Gordon Riots can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of King Alfred burning the cakes

Posted in Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Royalty on Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The best pictures of King Alfred burning the cakes portray the distracted king being scolded by the swineherd’s wife. The first picture of King Alfred shows him being scolded while sitting by a Saxon hearth as the cakes turn black.

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King Alfred burns the cakes by Peter Jackson

The second picture of King Alfred burning the cakes shows him being scolded in front of the neatherd.

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King Alfred is scolded for burning the cakes, by Howard Davie

The third picture of Alfred the Great burning the cakes is a humorous caricature of the famous apocryphal event updated for comic effect.

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The Burnt Cake Episode A.D.878 by Arthur Moreland

Many more pictures relating to Alfred the Great can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of the Battle of Naseby

Posted in Best pictures, Famous battles, History, Royalty, War on Monday, 8 August 2011

The best pictures of the Battle of Naseby in 1645 show the Civil War battlefield and the King taking flight from it. The first picture of the Battle of Naseby shows the flamboyant Royalists being overwhelmed by the ruthless Parliamentarians.

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The Battle of Naseby by John Millar Watt

The second picture of the Battle of Naseby shows Charles I fleeing the scene after seeing the Prince Rupert and  the Royalists defeated.

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Charles I flees the battlefield at Naseby after the Royalist defeat, by William Henry Charles Groome

The third picture of the Battle of Naseby depicts a scene in the aftermath when one of Cromwell’s crack cavalrymen puts paid to a royalist fleeing from the battlefield.

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Death and glory on the moor at Naseby, by Ron Embleton

Many more pictures relating to Charles I and the English Civil War can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of George Washington

Posted in America, Best pictures, Politics, War on Monday, 8 August 2011

The best pictures of George Washington show him in war and peace. The first picture of George Washington depicts his heroic re-crossing of the Delaware River during the American Civil War.

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George Washington and his troops recross the Delaware River, by James E McConnell

The second picture of Washington shows him leading his troops in the American War of Independence.

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George Washington leading his troops during the War of Independence, by Pater Jackson

The third picture of George Washington portrays him being sworn in as the First President of the United States of America.

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George Washington taking the oath as the First ,President of America, by Peter Jackson

Many more pictures relating to George Washington can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of the Duke of Wellington

Posted in Best pictures, Famous battles, Heroes and Heroines, History, War on Sunday, 7 August 2011

The best pictures of the Duke of Wellington portray the Iron Duke riding on his favourite horse ‘Copenhagen’, reviewing troops and the battlefield at Waterloo. The first picture of the Duke of Wellington shows him surveying the land before the battle.

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The Duke of Wellington surveys the field of battle at Waterloo, by C L Doughty

The second picture of the Duke of Wellington shows him reviewing his troops.

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Wellington reviews his troops at Waterloo, by Ron Embleton

The third picture of the Duke of Wellington is a  portrait of him in heroic pose on horseback.

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The Duke of Wellington rallying his troops at Waterloo, by James E McConnell

Many more pictures relating to the Duke of Wellington can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of Viking landings

Posted in Best pictures, History, Invasions, Ships on Sunday, 7 August 2011

The best pictures of Vikings landing on the shores of England are all dramatic depictions of fearsome warriors with magnificent longboats. The first picture of Vikings coming ashore depicts the carved prows of the longships and horned helmets of the raiders.

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The Viking landing

The second picture of Vikings landing is a colourful scene of Nordic marauders in full cry on the sea shore.

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A Viking raid

The third picture of Vikings shows the raiders with battle-axes ready for violent assault on the English.

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The coming of the Viking raiders by Peter Jackson

Many more pictures relating to Vikings can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of Uriah Heep

Posted in Best pictures, English Literature, Literature on Saturday, 6 August 2011

The best pictures of Uriah Heep portray the absurdly humble clerk as a cunning individual whose eyes reveal his true manipulative self. The first picture of Uriah Heep is a full length caricature-style portrait in the manner of a ‘Spy’ cartoon.

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Uriah Heep by Joseph Clayton Clark

The second picture of Uriah Heep shows him sitting at his desk with David Copperfield.

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Uriah Heep by Harold Copping

The third picture of Uriah Heep shows him with David Copperfield and Mr Micawber.

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“Somebody turns up” – an illustration for David Copperfield by Phiz

Many more pictures relating to Charles Dickens and David Copperfield can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of ‘Tristan and Isolde’

Posted in Best pictures, Heroes and Heroines, Legend, Music, Theatre on Monday, 1 August 2011

The best pictures of Richard Wagner’s revolutionary opera, Tristan and Isolde, depict scenes from each of the three acts. The first picture of Tristan and Isolde shows a scene from Act One in which the heroine hands the love-potion to Tristan on the stage of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.

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Act One of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at Bayreuth, by Andrew Howat

The second picture of Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde depicts the lovers Tristan and Isolde in the forest during Act Two.

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Act Two of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, by Ron Embleton

The third picture of Tristan and Isolde shows the final tableau of Act Three when Isolde sings the Liebestod over the dead Tristan.

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IThe final tableau in Act Three of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, by Fred Leeke

Many more pictures relating to Richard Wagner and his operas can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.