Fancy a Richard III coin in your collection…?

Richard’s coins are, inevitably, rare. He didn’t reign long enough for there to be all that many. However, one of his “long cross pennies” is up for auction, and can be viewed from noon, Monday, 4th September 2017, at the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3DW. Cheque books and plastic at the… Continue reading Fancy a Richard III coin in your collection…?

The King’s Barge House on the Thames in Southwark….

  I could not find an illustration of the actual original royal barge house (except that drawn in the map below) but above is an illustration of a grand barge house used by the City of London in Lambeth. The King’s Barge House may have been very similar. The King’s Barge House was halfway between… Continue reading The King’s Barge House on the Thames in Southwark….

A Boss from Buckingham & Crowland Connections

Henry Stafford fascinates me in a dark sort of way. I walk past the spot where he was executed almost once a week. I have always felt he is marginalised by historians because no one quite knows what to make of his behaviour, so he gets  pushed to the side as just  an unsuccessful rebel… Continue reading A Boss from Buckingham & Crowland Connections

Even more evidence of Richard III’s innocence….?

I confess to not knowing that Edward V coins had ever been minted. There doesn’t really seem to have been time to have reached that point. However, as it’s clear they were coined and distributed, I have cause to consider the implication. We have the old, old story that Richard was a dastardly, murderous uncle… Continue reading Even more evidence of Richard III’s innocence….?

Mediaeval English gold nobles, but not our King Richard….

Unfortunately this link does not concern itself with Richard III, but it is very interesting anyway. It seems that such coins of the first usurping Lancastrian, Henry IV, are rarer than those of the unfortunate Richard whose throne and life he took. Sound familiar? Except, of course, that in the case of Richard III, just… Continue reading Mediaeval English gold nobles, but not our King Richard….

Did Richard “touch” for the King’s Evil…?

I have just bought an interesting and absorbing  book, the ‘Encyclopaedia of Superstitions’ by E & M Radford, originally published in 1949. Reaching the section on the King’s Evil (scrofula, which was believed to be cured by the touch of the monarch) I read: ‘The practice was introduced by Henry VII of presenting the person… Continue reading Did Richard “touch” for the King’s Evil…?

Debunking the Myths – Richard the Secret Usurper

Originally posted on RICARDIAN LOONS:
“And in another isle toward the south dwell folk of foul stature and of cursed kind that have no heads. And their eyen be in their shoulders.” – Sir John Mandeville (14th c.) Today’s blog focuses on the long-standing myth and rumor that, upon Edward IV’s sudden and unexpected death…