Our bone-chilling countdown of the deadliest monarchs continues
King, emperor, hero, god – the name King Arthur conjures an array of images, but just how much truth is there to this ancient legend?
We speak to bestselling author, historian and broadcaster Kate Williams about her new book, Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the need for a new, modern perspective
From the Spanish Habsburgs to Queen Victoria’s grandchildren, how centuries of inbreeding and genetic mutation led Europe’s royal families to ruin
The last Stuart monarch of Britain had a decades-long friendship with the domineering Duchess of Marlborough – but their relationship turned into a bitter power struggle
Royal historian Coryne Hall on how the British government left Tsar Nicholas II and his family to die
Discover the true story of the Scottish ‘Red King’ who inspired Shakespeare’s murderous tragedy
How the French queen with a passion for fashion, stubbornness and extravagant spending fell from glory to guillotine
The ‘Scourge of Allah’ wrought death and destruction across the Islamic world, but did he totally deserve his bloodthirsty reputation?
The 1554 revolt against Mary I that almost ended in the beheading of her implicated sister, the future Elizabeth I
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Before Meghan and Harry, there was Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. Discover how Hollywood royalty won the hearts and minds of Monaco
The first woman to be crowned as England’s queen, Elfrida (or Ælfthryth) is remembered mainly for the bloody murder of her stepson, Edward the Martyr
Charles II and James, Duke of York founded a trading company that lasted a mere 35 years but left a shocking legacy
The Medieval Lord of Misrule had a second coming in the reign of Tudor king Edward VI, but it soon turned nasty
A decade before Franz Ferdinand, Serbian nationalists claimed a crown much closer to home: Alexander and Draga Obrenović
Charles II of England was more than just a Stuart lush, he played a vital role in confronting the Great Fire of 1666
Benjamin Woolley reveals how the doctor that diagnosed the Litvinenko poisoning reopened a 17th century murder
Enlightened, tolerant… and cruel? Discover the truth behind Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II
With the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem at Saladin’s mercy, Queen Sibylla followed her heart and not her head
Eleanor of Aquitaine’s Court of Love gave Medieval women the upper hand in romance, but was it real?