……….. was beheaded on the last day of April 1513, having left England in 1501 but returned by misadventure the following year. Evidently his departure, in the aftermath of his cousins’ executions was motivated by his desire to remain alive, whilst his demise did not end “Tudor” paranoia over those with a better lineal claim… Continue reading Edmund, Earl of Suffolk
“When a man marries his mistress, he creates a job vacancy”: a) David Lloyd George b) Sir James Goldsmith c) Henry VIII d) John of Gaunt e) Edward IV
Brian Wainwright’s biography of Edmund of Langley’s three children.
Putting aside the disappearance of his nephews, probably the gravest accusation leveled at Richard III is the execution of William Lord Hastings in June, 1483, following an infamous meeting with his council. For centuries, debates have continued over whether it was an act of due process following the discovery of treason, an act of an… Continue reading Nature or Nuture? The Influence of Richard III’s Wardship Under The Kingmaker Earl
The first of these was Welsh, a potential descendant of the princes of Powys who died in c. 1479 (1). He married Edith St. John, half-sister of the younger Margaret Beaufort and they had one son (Richard) and possibly a daughter (Eleanor), although the latter could have been his daughter by Bona Danvers. Richard was… Continue reading The four Geoffrey Poles
Alfred John Monson was born in 1862. His parents were Rev. Thomas Monson and Hon. Caroline Monckton, putting the first two Barons Monson and the Viscounts Galway among his close ancestors. Both of his parents were descended from Anne of Exeter through the Earls of Rutland. Monson was a confidence trickster with three small children,… Continue reading The “historically aware” Murderer (2012)