Over the years there has been lots of fiction written about Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville and of course Richard III. However, there is one one figure in their story who often gets a mention, but is rarely portrayed as a living person, with the events long after her death in 1468 taking the forefront instead. … Continue reading Secret Marriages – Edward IV & his Two Wives, the Novel
Month: Jun 2019
Wonderful wall paintings under the whitewash. . .
Caption for the above illustration: The north wall, displaying a Nativity framed by the Seven Ages of Man. At lower left is a cradled infant, helpfully labelled ‘INFANS’; next, we have Boyhood (see him spinning a top with his whip), then, mostly lost, Adolescence, followed by Youth (with a hawk on his wrist). Manhood follows… Continue reading Wonderful wall paintings under the whitewash. . .
Imagine being in Henry VII’s marriage bed, and….
This bed is far too beautiful for Henry VII. In my opinion, anyway. As to finding it in a hotel…well, what if you were snuggled there, anticipating your cooked breakfast next morning, when Henry’s ghost clambers in beside you???? Lawks! To read more, go here.
Britain’s Most Historic Towns (2)
This excellent Channel Four programme, presented by Professor Alice Roberts, with Dr. Ben Robinson in the helicopter, has returned for a new series. The early venues were Dover (World War Two, visiting the underground base, concentrating on the retreat from Dunkirk and subsequent Channel defence, meeting some survivors, wearing ATS uniform and riding in a… Continue reading Britain’s Most Historic Towns (2)
The Trial That Should Have Happened in 1483
Originally posted on RICARDIAN LOONS:
Putting aside the mystery of what ultimately happened to Edward IV’s two sons, one enduring difficulty for a student of history is whether Richard III used the proper legal procedure in having them declared illegitimate because of their father’s precontracted marriage to Eleanor Talbot. The most (and only) significant defect…
1872, and Richard III’s in the lead in New Orleans….
In New Orleans on Feb. 13, 1872, someone wearing a Richard III costume led the first Rex parade. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_parade “For George Armstrong Custer the occasion of the first Rex parade on Feb. 13, 1872 was one of the few marches in his life in which he was a spectator and not a participant. Custer, whose… Continue reading 1872, and Richard III’s in the lead in New Orleans….
Hello John…meet John, and John, and John….!
I have moaned before about the prevalence of certain names during the medieval period. In particular the name John. So, on reading an essay entitled “English Diplomatic Documents 1377-99”, I was amused to find the following: “…on 25th June, 1382, John Harleston, knight, John Appleby, dean of St Paul’s, London, and Masters John Barnet and… Continue reading Hello John…meet John, and John, and John….!
Ludlow Castle in the snow, but in “Tudor” times….
I have just come upon this postcard scene of Ludlow Castle, with Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon. I really like it, and imagine it must be available from the castle shop. Having seen Ludlow in the snow, I would love to think of such a scene when Prince Arthur and Catherine were there. Or,… Continue reading Ludlow Castle in the snow, but in “Tudor” times….
The “mysterious” disappearance of Edward V….?
I have a number of beefs about the following extract from this article, which concerns eight unsolved royal mysteries. No, not about the present family, as shown in the above illustration (which is from the article). In the list, the third one is all that is of interest to Ricardians:- “….3. The mysterious disappearance… Continue reading The “mysterious” disappearance of Edward V….?
Some dilgirunt for His Majesty, if you please….!
Don’t you just love it when glossaries cross-reference you from the word you seek, to another word, which then refers you back to the first word – with no definition or explanation whatsoever? I have just been looking at this culinary glossary, seeking more information about an intriguing medieval dish known as ‘dilgirunt’. Intriguing because… Continue reading Some dilgirunt for His Majesty, if you please….!