Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (15 August 1771 â€“ 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world during his time.
Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of The Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor. for more click here
The nice girl in Premier Jean Charest’s office was confused.
– “You’re the one who called about World War I,” she told the reporter.
– “Not World War I,” the reporter said patiently. “The War of 1812. I’m trying to find out if Quebec has any plans for the 200th anniversary.” for more click here
SAN ANTONIO â€” Alamo officials have discovered a clue to the building’s mysterious past, right over the doorway some 3 million visitors pass through each year. Experts believe “1802” might have been scratched into the wall when the Alamo was a mission under Spanish rule, or perhaps decades later, after the U.S. Army added a second floor and roof in the mid-1800s. for more click here
The only known authenticated portrait of the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid has sold for $2.3m (Â£1.4m) at auction in Denver, in the US state of Colorado. for more click here
The great wool towns of West Yorkshire were amongst the first in England to join the machine age, and with the Industrial Revolution their populations swelled. Millions of us have roots in the area â€“ and if you’re among them, our latest collection will take you back through the generations. for more click here
Hundreds more Britons went to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s than had previously been thought, newly released files show.for more click here
An attempt to recover a Spitfire from a peat bog in Donegal will highlight the peculiar story of the men – both British and German – who spent much of World War II in relative comfort in neighbouring prisoner of war camps in Dublin, writes historian Dan Snow. for more click here