A Fateful Convergence – two men with complex loyalties who faced the same place of execution

Originally posted on Giaconda's Blog:
Plaque for Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham I recently visited Salisbury in Wiltshire and stood by the plaque which commemorates the execution on 2nd November 1483 of Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham on the site of the Blue Boar Inn. His ghost is said to haunt Debenhams which stands…

A Cynic’s Guide to the History Profession

Originally posted on The Social Historian:
? History is the most deeply dishonourable profession there is, at least outside the Square Mile. The basic premise is that people die, and then you denounce them. It’s a bit like being a reverse version of Kim Jong-Un, but with worse hair. For the uninitiated, though, it’s also…

Signs of the Times – the Handwriting of Richard III

I have recently reread an interesting book about analysing handwriting and have had fun playing about with my friends’ writing and seeing if their handwriting matches their characters; it mainly does. So, being interested in Richard III, I thought I would (just for fun) have a go at analysing his writing at different times in… Continue reading Signs of the Times – the Handwriting of Richard III

Another prominent possible bigamist?

Here we introduce the case of the future President Kennedy: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3154984/Was-JFK-bigamist-eve-Jackie-Kennedy-s-86th-birthday-mystery-president-married-Palm-Beach-socialite-lingers.html#ixzz3gToxv6xD There are some clear differences. We don’t have full length research by a doctor of history, as we do for Edward IV. American law doesn’t allow for the “per verba de praesenti/ de futura” secret marriage and there would have been official records and… Continue reading Another prominent possible bigamist?

Not Hating Henry

I admit it: when I first fell for Richard III and through him, the House of York and Wars of the Roses history in general, I hated Henry VII. (I also hated his mother Margaret Beaufort, the perfidious Stanleys, the late queen Margaret of Anjou, and anyone else I could blame for bringing harm upon… Continue reading Not Hating Henry

Coming to Know Richard III: The Fictional Character vs. The Actual Man

"Life is like a prism. What you see depends on how you turn the glass."

~Jonathan Kellerman

  In the late 80s, I made the acquaintance of a classically trained British actor. Born in Guernsey, he served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and was imprisoned in a German prisoner-of-war camp for three years, from 1942 to 1945. Until I learned that he and his fellow prisoners were forced… Continue reading Coming to Know Richard III: The Fictional Character vs. The Actual Man

Richard III to be honoured in France

Unexpected news has reached us from Saumur in the Loire valley. The local wine growers have decided to commission a top artist to honour Richard with a “reclining statue” (possibly an effigy) in nearby Fontevraud Abbey. The Royal Abbey of Our Lady of Fontevraud is the burial place of some of Richard’s most famous ancestors:… Continue reading Richard III to be honoured in France


It appears that the traditional assumptions surrounding the execution of William, Lord Hastings in June of 1483, generally incline towards the idea that the Lord Protector, Richard Duke of Gloucester, simply lost his temper and so, without lawful trial or consultation, ordered the immediate beheading of his previous friend, virtually on the spur of the… Continue reading THE DASTARDLY DEATH OF LORD HASTINGS?