Review of The Mythology of Richard III by John Ashdown-Hill

I have read several of JAH’s books and always find them thoroughly researched and informative. That’s not to say that I always agree with his conclusions, but mostly I do. His latest book concerns both the ancient myths surrounding his life, death and burial and more modern, newer myths which have begun since his remains… Continue reading Review of The Mythology of Richard III by John Ashdown-Hill

Broom Sweeps Clean

The name Plantagenet came from Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, who was reputed to wear a sprig of the yellow ‘planta genista’ (also known as the Broom plant) in his hat. However, the Encyclopedia Britannica has speculated that the Plantagenet name ‘more likely’ arose because Geoffrey supposedly planted broom to improve his hunting covers. He… Continue reading Broom Sweeps Clean

Richard’s Horses

There was an interesting post on one of the Ricardian Facebook Groups the other day regarding the type of horses Richard might have used for different purposes. It was mainly about the ‘amblers’ he was apparently known to possess which moved in a different way to that which we consider is normal today (walking, trotting,… Continue reading Richard’s Horses

What if?…

I am nearly finished writing my first novel (about Richard of course!) and there is a section where the question “What if Richard III had won the battle of Bosworth?” is asked. We know that he nearly reached Henry ‘Tudor’ and so it isn’t too farfetched to imagine the result if he had killed Henry.… Continue reading What if?…

Book Review: Henry VIII – Tudor Serial Killer: His Victims and their Stories by Gerard Batten

I was interested to read this book, first of all, because it seemed to me that the title is expressing the view of many Ricardians, who find it baffling that Richard III is seen by many as the archetypal murderous tyrant when clearly Henry VIII was far more murderous and tyrannical. The book begins by… Continue reading Book Review: Henry VIII – Tudor Serial Killer: His Victims and their Stories by Gerard Batten