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This Sceptred IsleBBC Radio 4

The easiest way to learn the history of Britain

The Sceptred Isle tells the story of Britain, from the Roman invasion to the Millennium Dome. History is fun. Try the quiz on the right. What about a particular period? Read the snippets below and follow the links to find out more.

British Dynasties

A new 10 week series has just ended on Radio 4 charting the history of British dynasties.

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