Bad grammar and untruths, not just about Richard III….

 

Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth by Graham Turner

Oh dear, Gloucestershire Live has been very sloppy. In this article about Dukes of Gloucester, Richard of Gloucester did away with George of Clarence! Then we get “When Henry IV dies, his brother Richard becomes protector and puts the two princes in safekeeping in the Tower of London. And they are never seen again.” If Richard III was Henry IV’s brother, I’ll eat my hat! And if Richard did away with his nephews, I’ll eat my socks too!

And what the heck has Thomas of Woodstock (the first Duke of Gloucester) being found a traitor got to do with his having five children? Did they lead him astray? Then Thomas died while awaiting trial? That’s one way of putting it. His demise in Calais was suspect to say the least. I’m surprised Richard III didn’t leap back in time and manage to do that as well. Instead it was probably the order of Richard II. Or someone responding to an anguished “turbulent uncle” muttering.

And how did Henry IV’s spine produce Humphrey of Gloucester? Was it a miracle along the lines of Adam’s rib? As for said Humphrey’s children being born to his mistress, Eleanor Cobham, when he was already married, meaning they couldn’t inherit….hmm, tell that to Humphrey’s grandfather, John of Gaunt. The names Beaufort and Henry VII spring to mind. And Eleanor Cobham was tried and convicted for necromancy, which can’t have helped.

Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester and his second wife, Eleanor Cobham

The remaining dukes are out of our time period, so to speak. Thank heavens, some might say, because looking at the preceding list of errors and typos, I want to shriek “For pity’s sake GET IT RIGHT!!!!!”

And finally, the bad grammar. “There’s only ever be 6 Dukes of Gloucester…”? Ye gods. I suppose I should be thankful there weren’t six Duke of Gloucesters. Bah!

4 comments

  1. It drives you mad, doesn’t it? Sometimes I have to let these things go, but there are occasions where I feel I really need to do something. I don’t know if you ever feel the same, but there has been times when I’ve been moved to write to the offending newspaper/magazine, and point out the error of their ways. I never hold out much hope that it’ll change anything, but it makes me feel better. I think this could be one of those times!

    Good choice of Graham Turner paintings, I have the exact same one on my bedroom wall.

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  2. If folk want to write an historical piece, one of the first things they should be cognisant of is Roman Numerals! (This is probably bad grammar, but I’m taking my “is” from the word “one”, even though I ‘ve got “Numerals” in the plural.. ) I can understand your ire viscountess w!

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  3. If folk want to write an historical piece, one of the first things they should be cognisant of is Roman Numerals! (This is probably bad grammar, but I’m taking my “is” from the word “one”, even though I’ve got “Numerals” in the plural.. ) I can understand your ire viscountess w!

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