The fact that various foreign courts recognised Perkin Warbeck as Duke of York merely shows that he was a useful diplomatic tool against Henry VII. Even though he was personally known to Margaret, Duchess of Burgundy, it is obvious that he was animposter. She was clearly telling lies for political purposes. On the other hand,… Continue reading The delusions of the Cairo-dwellers*
I’m writing the latest book in my Cicely Plantagenet series, in which Henry VII’s pet monkey makes its appearance. But I’m stuck for a suitable name for the little darling. The monkey, that is, not Henry. I’ll love to hear any (polite) suggestions. I’ll love to hear them all, of course, but the name in… Continue reading Name the Monkey
Well, no, he didn’t, but at times you might think he did. Along with the Rape of the Sabine Women, the Peasants’ Revolt, Jack Cade’s Rising, etc., etc. It’s quite understandable that many people think Richard was involved in dark deeds – name a medieval (or Tudor) sovereign who was not. However, there is a… Continue reading Richard III ’caused Black Death’…
“When a man marries his mistress, he creates a job vacancy”: a) David Lloyd George b) Sir James Goldsmith c) Henry VIII d) John of Gaunt e) Edward IV
……….. that the third Duke of Norfolk was a keen chess player and invented the “queen sacrifice”?
Richard III, Act I, Scene I (Middleham Castle. RICHARD is discovered sitting on a throne, biting the heads off a basket of kittens as he comes up with his latest wicked scheme.) Enter LOVEL LOVEL. My lord, terrible news. A letter has come from Lord Hastings in London. Your royal brother, King Edward IV,… Continue reading Playing tonight
Henry V DRIVER (presses bell) BUTLER (opens door) DRIVER: Mr. Monmouth? BUTLER: Sorry, he is busy at the moment. DRIVER: Dauphin’s Sporting Goods here. I have a delivery for him; can he spare a moment to sign for it? Otherwise I’ll probably have to take it back to the warehouse. BUTLER: He is with some… Continue reading Shakespeare re-written …………..
Do you know that there are people out there who are absolutely convinced that Edward IV did not marry Eleanor Talbot? I don’t mean that they doubt the marriage, but that they know it didn’t happen. I can only think they were alive in the 15th Century and in constant attendance on Edward as this… Continue reading Oh, for a wedding video!