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On February 8 1587, at 2am on the morning of her execution, Mary, Queen of Scotland, wrote to her former brother-in-law, the French King Henry III.
William Wordsworth was at times left partially sighted and sensitive to bright lights. Read more in this piece from the Wordsworth Museum, where his 19th century glasses are on display.
The poet, the polymath and the fallen archbishop: Precious 17th century writings acquired by Bodleian Libraries
National literary treasures are now back in the UK after the Bodleian Libraries secured several rare works by 17th century greats Donne, Locke and Aubrey, from the collection of the late American bibliophile Robert Pirie.
A map of Middle-earth, annotated by JRR Tolkien and Pauline Baynes for Baynes’ iconic poster map of Middle-earth, published in 1970, has been acquired by the Bodleian Libraries.
Object of the Week: The news sheets relating the King's surrender days after the fall of Newark in the English Civil War
In May 1646, news sheets - now held in the town's National Civil War - confirmed that Newark had been taken during a Civil War clash between the Parliamentary and Royalist forces.
Four hundred years after William Shakespeare's baptism, a new exhibition suggests digitising his work only creates the latest stage in its metamorphosis.
Printed in 1623, this copy of the First Folio has been left open at A Midsummer Night’s Dream as it makes its first appearance outside of the British Library.
A new Bank of England Museum exhibition revisits the beautiful artwork of the £20 series D note issued in 1970 - and remembers designer Harry Eccleston six years after his death.
Death is eternal in Shakespeare. Take a look at the new Shakespeare's Dead exhibition at the Weston Library in Oxford, with co-curator Professor Emma Smith.
"His skull isn't there at all": Archaeologists say spine-shivering radar results show Shakespeare's head was taken from grave
The first ever archaeological work carried out on Shakespeare's grave, at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, shows "very convincing" evidence of a missing skull, say experts.
Comedies, histories and tragedies: Inside a magnificent 17th century Willliam Shakespeare Third Folio
This Third Folio of William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies was published in 1685. Adam Douglas, Senior Books Specialist at leading rare books firm Peter Harrington, takes a leaf......
"It was miraculous": The moment when conservators found John the Baptist in Shakespeare's Schoolroom
Leading Art Conservator Mark Perry was stunned to find the figure of John the Baptist in a medieval wall painting at Shakespeare's Schoolroom, which will open to the public on Shakespeare's birthday.
In Search of Anne Brontë: On Charlotte's birthday, revisiting the life of the sibling rival of the "Queen of Yorkshire"
Author and historian Nick Holland reveals the sincere woman behind Action Bell – and her short life of both light and loss.