Here is a link to a BBC podcast about King James VI of Scotland, who, of course, became James I of England and was the first of our Stuart monarchs. I can’t say I’m a Stuart expert, being much more interested in the Plantagenets, but a monarch is a monarch!
Following his coronation, Richard III – like all medieval monarchs – went on his “royal progress” through the realm. Along with an entourage in excess of 200 household men, ecclesiastics, supporters, and administrative officials, he visited towns and cities as far west as the River Severn, as far north as the River Ouse, and as… Continue reading The Royal Progress of Richard III
Nothing to do with Richard—except obliquely—but the parallels are interesting anyway.
Harwich Town station is the end of the line, a twenty-five minute ride from Manningtree and the north-eastern extremity of Essex. As you cross the main road from the station car park, turning left takes you past a series of old buildings with Harwich Society plaques amid a modern setting. Some of these commemorate people such… Continue reading So where exactly is “Orwell”?
Putting names to bones The above article is very interesting, although the picture that went with it is of Richard’s remains. I know this still upsets many, so I have changed it for one of my own pictures. The text doesn’t only concern Richard, although it does to a great extent. Differing views expressed, of course,… Continue reading Putting Richard’s name to his bones….
As we established last year, Bartholomew Gosnold’s cousin was married to one of Clarence’s great-great-granddaughters (https://murreyandblue.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/the-explorer-and-the-clarence-descendant/). Now we can identify four of the 1607 founders who died in Jamestown during 1610: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3177841/Scientists-identify-men-died-Virginias-Jamestown-400-years-ago.html. We can identify them as Rev. Robert Hunt, Sir Ferdinando Wainman, Captains William West and Gabriel Archer. The latter was, intriguingly, buried with… Continue reading More news from Jamestown:
Most people will be aware that Bartholomew Gosnold (1571-1607) was a Cambridge and Middle Temple law graduate born and raised at Otley Hall, a few miles north-west of Ipswich. They will also be aware that he attempted to found British colonies in Virginia and Maine, eventually being successful in Virginia, also that his name and… Continue reading The explorer and the Clarence descendant