TUDOR HISTORY: FACT OR FICTION? – PART 1

Once upon a time, I had a history teacher who asked his class, “What do you believe about [X]?” We wrote down our answers. He collected them. And then he asked, “Why do you believe what you believe?” We discussed. In only a few minutes we had reached a conclusion: “Our parents, our religious leaders,… Continue reading TUDOR HISTORY: FACT OR FICTION? – PART 1

A Psychopathic God, Richard III Was Not

“If all you see is what you’ve seen before, you’re going to miss half of what’s going on.” ~Diana Bennett, “Beauty & the Beast” I’m in the middle of reading a book called The Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler, written by Robert Waite. The publisher marketed the 1977 book as a psycho-historical examination of Hitler that… Continue reading A Psychopathic God, Richard III Was Not

Our Knight’s Oath Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Historical Accuracy

I attended a renaissance faire in the U.S. recently and must relay something that happened. The faire’s king knighted all ladies and lads (including adults) who wished to be knighted. But first, they had to sit through a vigorous lecture by one of the king’s minions. First, said minion asked the audience to name some… Continue reading Our Knight’s Oath Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Historical Accuracy

Welcome to the 21st Century, Your Grace

For better or worse, Richard III is now a worldwide pop-culture icon, joining the ranks of Kirk, Spock and McCoy, Harry Potter and Severus Snape, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Aragorn and Legolas. Many more reams of paper and backlit words on computer screens will be written about him. His fans – whether authors of… Continue reading Welcome to the 21st Century, Your Grace

We Need Neither The Bard Nor The Prince

White Lily’s “Richard III: The Murderous Machiavel?” post, here in Murray & Blue on 31 January 2015, is beautifully presented and argued, with the subject deserving extensive research and multiple books on its own. But I think we’re playing into anti-Ricardian hands if we set Richard III beside Machiavelli’s The Prince. There is another way.… Continue reading We Need Neither The Bard Nor The Prince

Maybe Thomas & William Stanley, Margaret Beaufort, Bishop Morton, Reginald Bray, John De Vere, Northumberland, and Henry Tydder Were Just Jealous

by Merlyn MacLeod In the midst of reading an old book from 1965 called The Art of Creative Writing by Lajos Egri, I came across the following. My mind immediately went to the attitudes and actions of certain antagonists in the years, months, and days leading up to the Battle of Bosworth. “I am speaking… Continue reading Maybe Thomas & William Stanley, Margaret Beaufort, Bishop Morton, Reginald Bray, John De Vere, Northumberland, and Henry Tydder Were Just Jealous

Richard III – Christmas in Bruges

by Merlyn MacLeod  A Christmas candle is a lovely thing. It makes no noise at all, but softly gives itself away. ~Eva Logue   “I ask ye, is it too much for a good man to ask for a bit of warm comfort on a cold Christmas Eve?” Hastings raised his hands about chest high.… Continue reading Richard III – Christmas in Bruges

All Souls’ Day

by Merlyn MacLeod All Souls’ Day is Sunday, November 2nd. Beginning in 998, it was the day the ancient church set aside to pray for the dead — not just for your relatives, but for anyone you loved. In medieval England, children and the poor went “a-souling” on All Souls Day; going door to door,… Continue reading All Souls’ Day

Richard III & a Contributor to “A House of Kings”

By Merlyn MacLeod I recently purchased the 1972 imprint of A House of Kings: The Official History of Westminster Abbey, with a message from Her Majesty the Queen, and was startled to find a few paragraphs sympathetic to Richard III within its pages. This official history was first printed in 1966, with the latest edition… Continue reading Richard III & a Contributor to “A House of Kings”

Henry “Tudor” is With Us Still

by Merlyn MacLeod “Commons refers to the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately. The resources held in common can include everything from natural resources and common land to software. The… Continue reading Henry “Tudor” is With Us Still