Arthur Capell, Baron Hadham – the accidental traitor

IntroductionThe middle of the seventeenth century was a turbulent time and it would be very surprising were not some remnants of the House of York involved. Indeed, Ashby de la Zouch Castle, property of Ferdinando, Earl of Huntingdon, was slighted during this time as a result of his participation. Another Royalist partisan was Arthur Capell,… Continue reading Arthur Capell, Baron Hadham – the accidental traitor

The Tudor/Beaufort claim to the throne.

For the purpose of this post I am going to assume that everyone’s father was as given in standard family trees. The question of whether the eldest 14th Century Beaufort was actually a Swynford both legally and biologically, and the issues around the fathering of Katherine of Valois’ children I leave to others to untangle.… Continue reading The Tudor/Beaufort claim to the throne.

Two kinds of historian

There are two kinds of historian. One kind searches scrupulously for undiscovered sources before writing and the other glibly quotes those that are generally available, even when serious questions have been raised about them. This is the easier approach and some would call it lazy. Most of us know who belongs in which category. Other… Continue reading Two kinds of historian

Fascinating details about how Richard may have been lain to rest…..

http://nerdalicious.com.au/history/fit-for-a-king-the-burial-and-reburial-of-richard-iii-with-john-ashdown-hill/ This article brims with interesting information relating to the form Richard’s burial may have taken at Grey Friars, Leicester. It raises more questions in my mind, not least that Richard may indeed have originally been placed in a coffin, as in the accompanying illustration, but that if the grave was too small for him,… Continue reading Fascinating details about how Richard may have been lain to rest…..

The explorer and the Clarence descendant

Most people will be aware that Bartholomew Gosnold (1571-1607) was a Cambridge and Middle Temple law graduate born and raised at Otley Hall, a few miles north-west of Ipswich. They will also be aware that he attempted to found  British colonies in Virginia and Maine, eventually being successful in Virginia, also that his name and… Continue reading The explorer and the Clarence descendant