In January 1327 Edward II was forced to abdicate his throne in favour of his 14 year old son Edward III and was then incarcerated at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. He died there 6 months later possibly in the most gruesome of manners.
Tragedy struck the Papal household in 1497 when Pope Alexander VI's favourite son, Juan, was murdered. Aged 23 he was last seen leaving a feast in Rome. The following morning his horse returned riderless. A search party sent out by his frantic father found his body in the Tiber with a slit throat...
The Victorian era was one of the most remarkable in British history, seeing huge advances in medicine and education alongside the birth of the Empire. It was also a time when harsh working conditions and desperate poverty blighted the lives of the majority of the people in the country.
It has been said that no two sisters were ever less alike. One reserved and proper, the other lively and controversial. One the anchor of a commonwealth of nations, the other searching for purpose in life.
But what of the real women beyond the royal splendour, the balcony and cheering crowds?