Category: Leaders


Emperor Hadrian, born as Publius Aelius Hadrianus in 76 CE, was a Roman emperor renowned for his substantial contributions to the architectural and cultural heritage of the Roman Empire.


Venutius was a notable figure in the 1st-century history of northern Britain, known primarily as the king of the Brigantes during the Roman conquest. The following text summarises what we can potentially understand about him, and tries to tie him to places and other possibilities that are not supported by the historical record. At the end of the section, what records to exist are explained.

The Percy Family

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The Percy family, Earls of Northumberland, were influential figures, with their ancestral seat at Alnwick Castle providing a power base in the north.

Katherine Parr

Katherine Parr, known for her role as the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII, was a significant figure in the Tudor period, not just for her royal marriage but also for her impact on Yorkshire, a region she influenced through her marriage to John Neville, Lord Latimer.

The Danby Family

The Danby family, with its roots deeply embedded in the rich soil of English history, is a name that arose among the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Danby, a name associated with parishes in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

The Latimer Family

The Latimer family name, has its origins tracing back to the Old French term “latinier,” denoting a clerk or a scribe who was proficient in Latin, the lingua franca of medieval Europe’s educated elite.

The Nevilles

The Nevilles were a powerful family, who held substantial estates and titles, including the Earldom of Westmorland.

The Scrope family

The Scrope family, of Norman origin, first rose to prominence in 14th-century England. The story begins with Robert le Scrope, the earliest documented ancestor, who established the family’s connection to the noble Gant family in the 12th century.

Monmouth’s Kings of Britain

Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Kings of Britain includes a number of unknown potential kings, as well as some recognised as existing, including King Lear from Shakespeare.


Suetonius wrote of him:

He was very handsome and most graceful at all stages of his life, although he cared nothing for any sort of refinery. He was so uninterested in how his hair was dressed that he would set several barbers to work at once in a hurry, and he would have his beard clipped at one time and shaved at another, and while the barbers were working he would read or even write something.

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