The Princes and the Tower

The case of the missing princes is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the whole of Great Britain’s long and storied history. Upon the death of their father, King Edward IV, 12-year-old Prince Edward V and his 9-year-old brother Richard were lodged in the Tower of London to await the elder brother’s coronation.

Inventor Behind the Scenes

Born in England in 1770, Sarah Guppy was a mother of six children and an inventor. Among her inventions are caulking that made ships more seaworthy, a kitchen fire hood, a bed that transformed into a home gym, and a design for piling foundation that led to the creation of the suspension bridge.

The One-Cent Magenta

Meet the world’s rarest stamp: the One-Cent Magenta was created in 1856 when instead of the 50,000 stamps set to arrive in British Guiana from Great Britain, only 5,000 arrived. The local postmaster took matters into his own hands and had some one-cent stamps and four-cent stamps printed.

The Life of Fools

Called a jester, folly, fool, or wit; court entertainers have existed throughout history and throughout the world. The fools of medieval and renaissance England were musicians, story-tellers, comedians, jugglers, and acrobats.