Explore the timeline and click through to discover the real stories behind the events in history that shaped modern Britain. Find out where the events played out and revisit the scene to experience your own British History Break. You can also read about important historical figures that played a part.

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0043
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Roman Invasion

Roman Invasion

0043 to 0043

The Romans successfully invaded the mysterious, legend strewn island of Britannia; but at the second attempt

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0410
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Roman Withdrawal

Roman Withdrawal

0410 to 0410

With Germanic Barbarians threatening to overrun the Empire, Rome evacuates its Armies from the troublesome province of Brittania and plunges it into the dark ages.

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500
0500
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Battle of Mons Badonicus

Battle of Mons Badonicus

0500 to 0500

The Victory of the Britons at this battle led to the formation of distinct boundaries

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600
0625
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Sutton Hoo and the Kings of East Anglia

Sutton Hoo and the Kings of East Anglia

0625 to 0625

One of the greatest archaeological discoveries in British history

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1000
1096
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The First Crusade

The First Crusade

1096 to 1099

The first crusade attracted thousands of pilgrims from Britain, all looking for salvation and riches.

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1200
1215
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Magna Carta

Magna Carta

1215 to 1215

Its creation was one of the most significant turning points in mediaeval history.

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1277
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Conquest of Wales

Conquest of Wales

1277 to 1283

Edward I becomes the First English King to rule over the Principality of Wales

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1297
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Scottish Wars of Independence

Scottish Wars of Independence

1297 to 1357

The outbreak of war between Scotland and Plantagenet England would lead to decades of fighting

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1346
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The Battle of Crecy

The Battle of Crecy

1346 to 1346

The Battle of Crecy took place 10 years into the Hundred Years’ War and was played out between some of Europe's major leaders

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1455
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The Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses

1455 to 1487

A series of civil wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster over the issue of succession to the English throne.

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1500
1532
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The English Reformation

The English Reformation

1532 to 1603

After initially criticising the Protestant movement as Heresy, Henry VIII denounces Catholicism and the Pope and makes himself Head of the Church in England.

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1600
1642
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English Civil War

English Civil War

1642 to 1651

The English Civil War was a critical juncture in British history because it ended absolute power for the Monarchy

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1688
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The Glorious Revolution

The Glorious Revolution

1688 to 1688

The civil war brought an end to absolute monarchism. However, the institution left a powerful legacy

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1700
1707
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Scottish Enlightenment

Scottish Enlightenment

1707 to 1707

The act of Union of 1707 that made England and Scotland part of a United Kingdom created a period of political stability

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1760
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Industrial Revolution

Industrial Revolution

1760 to 1910

Innovations and advances in technology led Britain's economy away from agriculture to being the first industrialised country.

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1776
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American War of Independence

American War of Independence

1776 to 1776

Thirteen colonies had been established by Britain along the Atlantic coast of North America from 1607, with an overwhelming majority of the population (2.4 million) descended from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

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1800