The people of Pembroke are proud of Henry VII, and are raising money for an 8′ (rather unflattering) statue of him – it’s about as complimentary as poor old Richard’s armless statue at Middleham. But, unlike Richard, it is highly suitable for a Halloween shock! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-37695578 Anyway, this 8′ giant prompted me to ponder how… Continue reading The Halloween horror of Henry VII….
Month: Oct 2016
Whilst researching my new biography of Henry III, a tantalising thought began to emerge from bits of evidence.
A long reign ends but how did it begin?
Earlier this month, King Bhumipol (Rama IX) of Thailand died after a seventy year reign, a tenure only approached once in England, another three times since the Union of Crowns and one notable case in France. This article explains the circumstances in which he originally succeeded.
A book to be approached with caution if one supports Richard III….
The link below is to a review of Mike Pitts ‘Digging for Richard III – the Search for the Lost King’. I confess up front to not having read the book itself, and my reason is simple. The review tells me how Richard himself is referred to in the book. The usual Shakespearean invention. I… Continue reading A book to be approached with caution if one supports Richard III….
15th-century ‘love’ ring found near Harrogate….
This beautiful ‘love’ ring was dug up in a field near Harrogate. The article suggests that it is 15th century and therefore Tudor, but I cannot help thinking it is more likely to be Plantagenet, and if in Yorkshire, then maybe connected to the House of York. Oh, I know, wishful thinking. But why… Continue reading 15th-century ‘love’ ring found near Harrogate….
The story of a spirited Duchess of Norfolk….
The above illustration is by Hans Holbein the Younger – Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (Royal Collection) This post, about Edward IV’s daughter Catherine, prompted me to post this, about the husband of another of Edward IV’s daughter, Anne, Countess of Surrey. Thomas Howard, eventually 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was the grandson of… Continue reading The story of a spirited Duchess of Norfolk….
New Richard III Memorial To Be Revealed
Back in April we reported that Bridport had recently discovered that in 1483 Richard III had visited the city on his way to Exeter to crush Buckingham’s rebellion and decided to commemorate this with a stone memorial. We are pleased to reveal that the initiative was successful and that the memorial will be revealed to… Continue reading New Richard III Memorial To Be Revealed
A Richard III concert in Denver Colorado – at the GM meeting of the American Branch – the evening of the 24th of Sep. 2016
By Elke Paxson Having been interested in Richard III for a number of years it took me a long time to decide to become a member of the R III Society and it was my very first attendance of a “General Membership Meeting”. Living in the States is wonderful and exciting, but it also means… Continue reading A Richard III concert in Denver Colorado – at the GM meeting of the American Branch – the evening of the 24th of Sep. 2016
How C15 families shaped Victoria’s succession and early reign
The year is 1817. George III is quite elderly and insane with only three years of his long reign remaining but he still has several sons, many of whom have no legitimate issue. The exception is the Prince of Wales, another George who is serving as his father’s Regent again, this time on a permanent… Continue reading How C15 families shaped Victoria’s succession and early reign
Now Richard of Bordeaux murdered the boys in the Tower….!
Oh dear, now it seems that it was Richard the SECOND who ordered the deaths of Edward IV’s sons. Our Richard, the THIRD, is accused of all the usual crimes, of course, but a little sensible proof-reading might have spared poor old Richard of Bordeaux from being dug up to be accused of murdering the… Continue reading Now Richard of Bordeaux murdered the boys in the Tower….!