Prime Minister David Lloyd George's brush with death from flu in 1918

Prime Minister David Lloyd George almost died from flu in September 1918 just when he was celebrating winning World War One.

At the time the war is at a critical phase requiring important decisions to be taken so it is most unfortunate timing for David Lloyd George. By the autumn the Allies are finally starting to dominate. The German Spring offensive has petered out and the growing intervention of the Americans mean the Allies have a growing numerical superiority over Germany in troop numbers. By September the Allies are winning a succession of battles in France and the German Army is struggling to get new recruits to replace their heavy losses. 
However the ‘Spanish Flu’ (contrary to most people’s beliefs the flu was most probably due to American or British troops travelling around France in origin) as it became known in 1918 is causing great damage to British society and the Allied armed forces. According to the American War Department influenza has an impact on at least 26% of the A…

Paperback 'Secret English History' Book Released

Yes, it's finally happened, a paperback version of my 'Secret English History' book has been released. It is packed full of exciting stories that you can now read where ever and when ever you want. Go ahead and buy it now!

It is now available for purchase at the link below.

The Unbelievable Story of how Alfred the Great got his Name

Alfred the Great deserves his name due to his magnificent reign. Here is one of the many exciting stories I have included in my 'Secret English History' book. Enjoy!
In all English history there has only ever been one leader called Great and his name is Alfred. Quite why this came about owes much to the character of Alfred, the way he handles the terrifying Vikings rampaging throughout England during the 870s and the legacy he leaves behind.
To understand Alfred it is necessary to know about his tough, tumultuous upbringing. From an early age his life is dedicated to survival and war against the relentless onslaught from the Vikings. In 871 when he is just a young man he fights eight battles, killing one King and nine dukes. To add to the responsibilities and pressure he feels he also has to contend with being anointed as King in 871 when he is only 22. As a consequence he now forces himself to make life and death decisions on a regular basis on behalf of others too. Undoubtedly…

The Latest Secret English History Ebook News

At long last I have published my ebook 'Secret English History' with Amazon.
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Queen Elizabeth and the 1579 river barge 'assassination attempt'

Queen Elizabeth was mighty lucky to survive a gun repeatedly firing at her river barge in 1579. For the man responsible, Thomas Applegate, his fate hangs by a thin thread. 
The story begins on 17th July 1579 when Thomas Applegate decides to lark around with his friends along the River Thames between Greenwich and Deptford. At the same time her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I is cruising along the river in her regal barge with the French Ambassador, Jean de Simier, the Earl of Lincoln, and her Vice Chamberlain, Christopher Hatton, discussing the prospect of her marrying the Duke of Anjou. Nothing more would have been said and this event would have passed unnoticed in history had Thomas not fire his Caliver or Harquebush pistol wildly with enjoyment around three or four times.
It’s a foolish gesture. Whilst it amuses his party it also results in a bullet that shatters the glass side of Elizabeth’s barge and hits her helmsman who is only six feet away from her. The first reaction of the Queen i…

The tragic death of the Princess during the Plague, 1348

No one is immune from the plague when it strikes England during the Medieval Ages not even royalty like Princess Joan. In fact everyone suffers either directly or through the loss of someone close to them. 

The plague is said to have such a devastating impact when it first arrives in England that around a half of the population go on to lose their lives. In the process the fabric of society is torn apart as feudalism begins to disintegrate.
Even today it is still remembered in seemingly innocent rhymes like ‘ring a ring of roses’.

A pocket full of posies 
Atichoo! Atichoo! 
We all fall down dead

A large part of the problem is that no one knows how to heal the victims. General medical ignorance and widespread desperation drive many tocrazy cures. One option is to place a live hen next to the swelling to draw out the pestilence from the body. Then to aid recovery you drink a glass of your own urine twice a day. If that does not take your fancy than consider another alter…

The Greatest Ever Escape from the Tower of London, 1716

The greatest ever escape from the Tower of London happened in 1716. Guy Fawkes was not the only person to fail with his insurrection. Another person set to suffer this fate is the Jacobean, William Maxwell, better known as Lord Nithsdale. 

His crime is to have supported and played a significant role in the Catholic led, Jacobit rebellion of 1715 that supports the Old Pretender’s attempt to seize the throne back from its Protestant King for himself. The Jacobite forces initially have some successes but at the Battle of Preston in Lancashire they are soundly beaten. In the subsequent aftermath Lord Nithsdale is arrested on the 14th November of 1716 and moved to the Tower of London.
His future prospects look bleak. Rather forlornly he pleads guilty at his trial and begs the King for a pardon on the basis that he felt pressurized into joining the rebellion against his will. The King is in no mood for granting mercy and so in January 1717 he sentences him to death for high treason on 24 Feb…