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Contains current news and timeless opinions about British scientists, artists, heroes & adventurers, sporting types, and designers; British history and culture: the creators and defenders of democracy, the role of Judeo-Christianity, representative government, and the rule of just law; freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. . .

Faith in Freedom

To create representative government and the rule of just law, British men and women fought for and defended the Charter of Liberties, the Westminster Council, Magna Carta, the Provisions of Oxford and Westminster, the Statute of Marlborough, the Petition of Right, Habeas Corpus Act, Declaration of Rights, Bill of Rights, Toleration Act, Triennial Act, Statute of Anne, "Hogarth's Act", Municipal Reform Act, Suffrage, and all of Common Law. Details are found in these sections:


British Constitution
It exists, it is written down, and it will protect freedom if the British people protect it.

Brits Who Love Freedom
The British men and women in the Judeo-Christian tradition who risk their lives for freedom, including St. Alban, King Alfred, St. Anselm, Simon de Montfort, John Lilburne, Pilgrims, John and Mary Rogers, George Washington, John Adams, Chartists, William Wilberforce, Emmeline Pankhurst, and Winston Churchill
Freedom Network, Part 1
British history describes achieving individual liberties and just laws
Freedom Network, Part 2
British history describes achieving democracy and representative government and defending Britain from attack
Defeating Threats to Freedom, #1, European Union
The Fellowship: Abolishing Slavery, Part One
History of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery in Britain, Charles Middleton, James Ramsay, Granville Sharp, Lady Middleton
The Fellowship: Abolishing Slavery, Part Two
History of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery in Britain, Thomas Clarkson, the Quaker Friends, William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano, William Pitt
The Fellowship: Abolishing Slavery, Part Three
Campaign buttons, petititons, boycotts – modern political tools are developed in the struggle to end the slave trade
The Fellowship: Abolishing Slavery, Part Four
Christian beliefs that inspire the abolitionists; war and revolution delay; Pitt dies; strategies for success in the British Parliament
The Fellowship: Abolishing Slavery, Part 5
The Royal Navy launches the African Squadron to end the slave trade; fights at sea; death by yellow fever; treaties with African chiefs and European nations; Abraham Lincoln
The Fellowship: Abolishing Slavery, Part 6
Rev. John Smith, Quamina, Elizabeth Heyrick, Sophia Sturge, George Stephen, William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, Samuel Sharpe, Charles, Lord Grey, Lord John Russell &
Henry Brougham

Your True Face, Finding yourself in 7th century Britain Aidan
Margaret Thatcher on Christianity & Democracy
The Servant King & Why He (or She) Matters Today
Text of Magna Carta
Text of Virginia Bill of Rights
THREATS:
Defeating Threats to Freedom #2, Violent Islamists, Part One
Defeating Threats to Freedom #2, Violent Islamists, Part Two
Corpus Juris & What It Portends for You

LIBERTY! THE TIMELINE

Liberty! The Timeline, a chronological description of the struggle for freedom in British and American history, 1st Century BC - AD 21st Century

Liberty! 1st Century BC - AD 6th Century
Includes Julius Caesar, Boadicea, and King Arthur
Liberty! The Timeline 7th - 11th Century
Includes Alfred the Great
Liberty! The Timeline 12th Century
Liberty! The Timeline, 13th Century
Includes Magna Carta and first Parliament
Liberty! The Timeline, 14th Century
Liberty! The Timeline, 15th Century
Liberty! The Timeline, 16th Century
Liberty! The Timeline, 17th Century 1600-1644
Liberty! The Timeline, 17th Century 1645-1699
Includes Glorious Revolution, Bill of Rights and William Penn
Liberty! The Timeline, 18th Century 1700-1775
Includes build-up to American Revolution
Liberty! The Timeline, 18th Century 1776-1786
Includes American Revolution
Liberty! The Timeline, 18th Century 1787-1799
Includes creation of U.S. Constitution
Liberty! The Timeline, 19th Century 1800-1833
Includes abolition of slavery
Liberty! The Timeline, 19th Century 1834-1849
Liberty! The Timeline, 19th Century 1850-1899
Liberty! The Timeline, 20th Century 1900-1938
Liberty! The Timeline, 20th Century 1939-1945
Includes British struggle to defeat Nazis in World War II
Liberty! The Timeline 20th Century 1946-1999
Includes Cold War
Liberty! The Timeline, 21st Century

BRITISH HEROES & ADVENTURERS

British heroes are well-travelled, daring, humourous, and helpful.

ARMED WITH AN UMBRELLA and holding the Arnhem Bridge against Nazi Germany in World War II Digby Tatham-Warter

YOUR TRUE FACE A Christian confronts gang-warfare in 7th century Britain Aidan
TWENDE TU riding and flying in Africa by an early aviation pioneer Beryl Markham
NO WONDER THEY'RE GREAT IF THEIR WOMEN ARE LIKE THAT
British Women in World War I
EXTREME JOURNEYS in the Antarctic feature British explorers
Robert Falcon Scott
Ernest Shackleton
Edward Wilson
Cherry-Garrard
Douglas Mawson
THE KNIGHTS WHOSE PRAGMATISM AND CHRISTIAN IDEALISM HELPED TO ESTABLISH AND DEFEND MAGNA CARTA
The Knights
DISMEMBERED, REMEMBERED, HERO OF PARLIAMENT
Simon de Montfort
ARMCHAIR EXPLORER, Elizabethan Richard Hakluyt
STOP CRYING, a Brit at the World Trade Center on 9-11
Rick Rescorla
GOING THROUGH HELL Winston Churchill, Part 1
Winston Churchill, Part 2
Winston Churchill, Part 3
Winston Churchill, Part 4
NEVER ALONE, bringing hope to the people of Russia, the Sudan and Armenia Baroness Cox
THE HEROIC (NOT MODERN) POINT OF VIEW, Horatio Nelson
ADVENTUROUS TRAVELLERS, Eric Newby, Susannah Thornton
INTO THE SANDS OF EGYPT, Howard Carter
SAINT OF SECOND CHANCES, Patrick
YOUR TRUE FACE, Aidan
ALFRED THE GREAT
ANSELM & THE RED KING
THE GIFTS OF ALBAN
REMEMBRANCE DAY
SAVING THE CHILDREN, Eglantyne Jebb
GALLANT IN DEED, The soldiers of Afghanistan and Iraq
SAVING LIVES, Pte JOHNSON BEHARRY
AN ARMY NURSE IN IRAG & AFGHANISTAN
DUNSTAN, The Devil is in the Details

SCIENCE TIMELINE

British scientists, inventors and innovators and their scientific inventions and innovations are described in the Timeline. Includes Roger Bacon, William of Ockham, the Mertonians, William Harvey, Robert Boyle, Royal Society of London, Robert Hooke, Isaac Newton, Edmond Halley, Adam Smith, Lord Kelvin, Alfred Russel Wallace, Charles Darwin, James Clerk Maxwell, Alexander Graham Bell, Ernest Rutherford, Alexander Fleming, Frank Whittle, Discovery of DNA, Tim Berners-Lee

British Science 21st Century 2000
British Science 20th Century 1971 - 1999

British Science 20th Century 1950 - 1970
British Science 20th Century 1931 - 1949
British Science 20th Century 1900 - 1930
British Science 19th Century 1855 - 1899
British Science 19th Century 1832 - 1854
British Science 19th Century 1800 - 1831
British Science 18th Century 1777 - 1799
British Science 18th Century 1751 - 1776
British Science 18th Century 1700 - 1750
British Science 17th Century
British Science 16th Century
British Science 15th Century
British Science 14th Century
British Science 13th Century - 12th Century

It Was A Miracle, the True Story of Penicillin's Discovery

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW
On the trail of royal quarrels, southern voyages, and the storied Gardens

BRITISH LIFE

The English Garden, Part 1
The history of the world's most romantic and popular garden
The English Garden, Part 2
Wonderful English garden designs and gardeners
Hidcote Manor Garden

A beautiful and eccentric garden
David Austin's English Roses
A British Christmas

Sipping Whisky

Ode to Scottish whisky
Taking Off in a British Sports Car
A personal reminiscence
The Black Suit
What it looks like and what it says
The Scouts
Robert Baden-Powell, Zulus, the Scout Motto and Law
Protecting Animals
The Unstoppable Richard Martin and the RSPCA
Gerald Durrell
His family of animals

SPORTS

Sports Wrap-up
Brits invent cricket, rugby, football (soccer), golf, tennis, fly-fishing, & badminton.

Kelly Holmes, Running for Gold

Sailing the Blue Sea
The woman, the man, and the boy
Ellen MacArthur, Robin Knox-Johnson, Michael Perham

BRITISH ARTISTS, MUSICIANS & WRITERS

O DEFOE, WHERE ARE YOU?

BEATING PULSE OF ISAAC WATTS
His hymns and his ideas
Robert Byron
Travel writer and poet

COMEDY to LOVE
Chaucer, Goldsmith, Sheridan, Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse, and Monty Python are bawdy, satirical, uproariously funny, fantastically different, and unexpectedly sublime.

JOHN CONSTABLE
Landcape painting by a man who would not give up

COWBOY SINGER
English poetry is born when a cowboy in England by the name of Caedmon gets a call to sing.

JOHN DONNE
Seductive poetry; 17th century

JULIAN OF NORWICH

ELTON JOHN, SIX DARK & DAZZLING DECADES

GOLDEN SEQUENCE
The contemplative prayer linked to Magna Carta

GREEN THOUGHTS
Andrew Marvell's life and poetry, includes text of "The Garden"

HOGARTH IN LOVE
The 18th century painter and engraver made satire an art form and fought for copyright.

REDEMPTION
Writer Ian McEwan on our fears today

SEEING MUSIC
The luminous links between Georgian architecture, music, and breaking waves.

SHAKESPEARE'S HEROINES
Intrepid, intelligent, freedom-loving: Rosalind in As You Like It; Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing; Cordelia in King Lear; Isabella in Measure for Measure; and Olivia in Twelfth Night.

VOICE IN A BILLION
Bryn Terfel sings Welsh songs and opera to the world.

WITNESS FOR THE DEFENCE
Writer George Orwell takes the stand.

ARCHITECT LAURIE BAKER, BUILDER & BLYTHE SPIRIT

CATCHING UP TO ANNE FINCH
17th - 18th century British poet

LOVE BADE ME EAT
17th century poet George Herbert

ROBERT BYRON
Poet of the earth

MARGERY KEMPE
Visionery, Traveller, Mother, Writer

CHRISTOPHER WREN & ST PAUL'S

SEEING ANGELS - WILLIAM BLAKE

BRITS WORLDWIDE

A place for Brits and Anglophiles to post profiles and stories. Plus, the powerful ideas that have changed the world.

A Few Ideas in Our Heads
The 7 virtues or powers that make people successful.

WHAT'S IN A NAME
Defining the terms Britain, United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Wales, the British Isles, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands

CELEBRATING AUSTRALIA
Introduction to a fantastic country and people

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