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The Plantagenets were all stupid….?

Here’s something to ponder. “….He [John of Gaunt] built the large mansion called The Savoy by the bank of the Thames in London, lost in during one of the countless rebellions against Richard [II], who, with John I and Henry III, could be termed one of the unusually stupid Plantagenets, though all three had terrible tempers, a family trait….” (quoted from this article)

Um…stupid? Were any of the Plantagenets worthy of that particular adjective? Even less that the entire line was stupid to one degree or another! Hmm…well, perhaps Henry VI was one loaf short of a dozen, but then does he count as Plantagenet, or House of Lancaster? Or both? Whatever, we could have done without him. But he’s just one, not the whole darned lot!

As for Richard III’s terrible temper…it was invented by More and Shakespeare!

Of course, the above quote may be a typo…but doesn’t read like one. In fact it seems pretty definite. Oh, and King John was just King John, he won’t become John I until there’s a John II.

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4 thoughts on “The Plantagenets were all stupid….?

  1. Stupid like a fox

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  2. halfwit36 on said:

    The Plantagenets had charisma The Tudors (Plantagenets in all but name) had brains; pound for pound, probably the highest IQ of any dynasty. It helped that there were only 4 adult Tudors, with no actual dummies to bring the average down. The Stuarts: Charles II was witty, otherwise a disaster area. And the less said about the Hanovarians the better.
    All you need to know about British Royals.

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  3. halfwit36 on said:

    “…masters of betrayal and ruthless distrust” – that doesn’t take brains?

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