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Richard II was an avunculicide….!

The moment of avunculicide, when Thomas of Woodstock is murdered in Calais on the orders of his nephew, Richard II.

I had to check the dictionary for the precise meaning of avunculicide! I knew the word avuncular, of course. Apparently avunculicide refers to the killing of an uncle by a nephew or niece. I’m now told that “an avunculus is a maternal uncle and a patruus is a paternal one”. We learn something new every day!

To read about the connection between Havering and the above image, please go to the Romford Recorder.

And to understand why Richard II was so very antagonistic toward the youngest of his paternal uncles, go to English Monarchs.

Finally, it has to be said that Mowbrays Road doesn’t strike me as particularly ducal, even for Thomas Mowbray, who was another magnate to fall foul of Richard II.

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