STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER…. A mere few days after receiving John Ashdown-Hill’s latest book, THE MYTHOLOGY OF RICHARD III, I noticed that one of the national newspapers was, perhaps not surprisingly, continuing in the grand tradition and dispensing yet more mythology about the King, in the following article on food allergies. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11532208/Yes-Ive-got-a-food-allergy.-Now-stop-rolling-your-eyes-at-me.html Now the idea that… Continue reading STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER…
Once upon a time, I had a history teacher who asked his class, “What do you believe about [X]?” We wrote down our answers. He collected them. And then he asked, “Why do you believe what you believe?” We discussed. In only a few minutes we had reached a conclusion: “Our parents, our religious leaders,… Continue reading TUDOR HISTORY: FACT OR FICTION? – PART 1
Part 2: The hearts of men are full of fear “ My Lord, whoever journeys to the Prince, For God’s sake let us two not stay at home; For by the way I’ll sort occasion As indexed to the story we late talked of, To part the Queens proud kindred from the Prince.” (Shakespeare:… Continue reading The Tragedy of King Richard 111 (not by William Shakespeare)
What a very strange state of affairs it is, when the king who made certain that people were innocent until proven guilty, is himself always presumed guilty with scant chance of ever being proved innocent. But this is the case with Richard III, whose one and only Parliament advanced and improved the lot of the… Continue reading Guilty!…until proven innocent, which ain’t gonna happen….
… in which David Starkey took over the “Today” programme on Thursday: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/04/23/david-starkey-magna-carta_n_7124440.html Rather a shame because he should stick to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, about whom he is the principal expert.
His current Channel Five series (Secrets of Great British Castles, Fridays, 20:00) is quite informative in parts. However, as a Starkey protege, Jones relies on fairly simplistic views and with his pre-selected one-dimensional heroes and villains, the latter including John (from the opener on Dover) as well as Edward II (mentioned in at least three… Continue reading Dan Jones (again)
These date back to 1538 in England and Wales, finally being replaced in 1837 by general registration. It is generally thought that Henry VIII (and Thomas Cromwell) introduced them to know who was attending these Anglican services and who was not. Alternatively, Henry may just have wanted to keep track of the 72,000 people whose… Continue reading Parish registers (of baptism, marriage and funeral)
Is there a case for giving Henry VII a thumbs up? I put this “disloyal” question while wearing my very best Ricardian hat, and I put it after noticing a number of recent, very well-deserved comments about his odious son and successor, Henry VIII. We all know what a fine man Richard was, and nothing… Continue reading The king in the middle….
Leicester has more than one ‘lost’ personage, although Richard III has to be the most important, of course. But Cardinal Wolsey has eluded discovery so far, as is revealed in a very interesting article from the Leicester Mercury of 20th April 2015. http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/s-Wolsey-Richard-III-Leicester-starting-looking/story-26359810-detail/story.html