The True History of King Richard III (Part 2)

The Battle of St. Albans, 1455. Having been two years in the womb, Richard was naturally a forward child, and in no time at all he was not only walking but wearing a little suit of armour. The Duke of York had this made for him by the village blacksmith,  an advanced craftsman who doubled… Continue reading The True History of King Richard III (Part 2)

Debunking the Myths – Richard the Secret Usurper

Originally posted on RICARDIAN LOONS:
“And in another isle toward the south dwell folk of foul stature and of cursed kind that have no heads. And their eyen be in their shoulders.” – Sir John Mandeville (14th c.) Today’s blog focuses on the long-standing myth and rumor that, upon Edward IV’s sudden and unexpected death…

Putting things right

I am going to start with a statement that too many historians prefer to ignore: England existed before 14 October 1066 and existed as a single kingdom for some of that time. So why do our monarchs’ regnal numbers ignore this? Edward the Confessor died at the beginning of that very year. Edward the Martyr… Continue reading Putting things right

Selective Memory: How does contemporary culture influence what we focus on from the past?

Originally posted on Giaconda's Blog:
‘Memory studies is a new field, focused on how nations and groups (and historians) construct and select their memories of the past in order to celebrate (or denounce) key features, thus making a statement of their current values and beliefs. Historians have played a central role in shaping the…

Parallel lives – and deaths?

Many of the facts about Anne Boleyn are well known nowadays. As the second “wife” of Henry VIII, she was beheaded for treason by adultery in 1536. Their marriage was annulled shortly before her execution but it was quite possibly bigamous anyway and invalid by affinity in that Henry had previously slept with her sister.… Continue reading Parallel lives – and deaths?

Jung’s ‘archetypes’ and their function in medieval history.

Originally posted on Giaconda's Blog:
Jungian archetypes I’ve been interested in ‘archetypes’ for a long time as I am very drawn to myth and to aspects of Jungian psycho-analysis particularly with regard to how we analyse the personalities and character of historical figures. Often ‘myth’ is classified as something unreal or untrue yet myths…

The First Cornish Rebellion

(guest post by Max) Fire raging, Wild south-west . Bright beacon blazon sad oppressed. Michael Joseph, Martyred name . Behold him lead the fervent flame. Artisan of iron and steel. Man of Cornwall, Steadfast zeal. Justice, Law, Flamank’s desire. One and all for rustic shire. Flag of Piran, Cross of white . Proclaiming peasants’ human… Continue reading The First Cornish Rebellion

The True History of King Richard III (Part 1)

Fotheringhay Castle October 1452. The Duchess of York – aka the Rose of Raby – was not feeling very rose-like. Unsurprising, as she had been pregnant for two whole years. I mean, you know how big some women get after nine months, so after two years she was big. With a capital B. And awkward, and uncomfortable,… Continue reading The True History of King Richard III (Part 1)

All quiet on the Cairo front?

I am writing to express my concern about the disappearance, without trace, of some individuals known as the “Cairo dwellers”. For many years, they have spattered cyberspace with information they must surely have known to be untrue, taken from five year-old boys who imply themselves to have been present at Council meetings, blind French eye-witnesses,… Continue reading All quiet on the Cairo front?

The Problem with ‘Usurpation’ (re-blogged from

With my long-standing interest in treason and usurpation, I was fascinated to see the video of the mock trial of the Magna Carta barons staged in the wonderful surroundings of Westminster Hall on 31 July 2015.* I use the term ‘Magna Carta barons’ loosely, and indeed the trial itself could address only one arbitrary, early… Continue reading The Problem with ‘Usurpation’ (re-blogged from