More Lord Protectors and Defenders of the Realm

Many readers of Carson’s “Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England” will be curious, given “Tudor” criticism of the Duke’s twin roles in 1483, of their practice in the next century, by comparison. The occasion in question was, of course, the accession of Edward VI as the only surviving son… Continue reading More Lord Protectors and Defenders of the Realm

Fabricating Precontracts: Richard III vs Henry VIII

On 10 and 11 June 1483, Richard duke of Gloucester wrote to his affinity in the North and asked for troops to support him against the Woodvilles who, he claimed, were plotting his destruction. On 22 June Ralph Shaa preached his “bastard slips” sermon, followed by similar speeches by the duke of Buckingham, and on… Continue reading Fabricating Precontracts: Richard III vs Henry VIII

This Gentill Day Dawes

For fans of historical music one of the highlights of the reinterment festivities in Leicester earlier this year was “Concert for a King”, an evening with music from the time of Richard III performed by the a capella group Aitone and guest instrumentalist Susan Burns, with contemporary texts read by Dr. Tony Bentley. It took… Continue reading This Gentill Day Dawes

The lost crown of Henry VII – yes, it was probably HIS first….

Left: The original crown.  Right: The replica, shown from the same angle. The crown shown in the picture above left is said to have originally been made for Henry VII, but ‘done up’ considerably for his spendthrift son, Henry VIII. Here is what I know of it:- If you go to the following site, you… Continue reading The lost crown of Henry VII – yes, it was probably HIS first….

The Human Shredder again

It seems that a denialists’ source has denied that the first “Tudor” had any documents destroyed, except for the 1484 Titulus Regius that documented Edward IV’s bigamy so conclusively, for which they were caught red-handed. With this exception, there “isn’t a ghostly trace” of destruction, so it seems. On May 27, we clearly showed the… Continue reading The Human Shredder again

Parish registers (of baptism, marriage and funeral)

These date back to 1538 in England and Wales, finally being replaced in 1837 by general registration. It is generally thought that Henry VIII (and Thomas Cromwell) introduced them to know who was attending these Anglican services and who was not. Alternatively, Henry may just have wanted to keep track of the 72,000 people whose… Continue reading Parish registers (of baptism, marriage and funeral)

Henry VII was a naughty boy with a lot of illegitimate children….?

Before I start, I have to confess that the inspiration for this article is not mine, but Merlyn MacLeod’s. I am writing in her stead. There is always a suggestion that ‘untruths’ about Richard have a habit of sticking, like the proverbial mud, but it is not so often that the same thing happens to Henry… Continue reading Henry VII was a naughty boy with a lot of illegitimate children….?