Don’t they know Henry VII’s calendar went backwards….?

Well, well, here we have ten facts about Horrible Henry VII. Oh, dear, he won’t be pleased about one thing…the Express has mistakenly dated his reign from the 22nd. Oops. We ALL know it was from the 21st, because Henners told us it was! He was king before Richard was killed in battle. Richard was… Continue reading Don’t they know Henry VII’s calendar went backwards….?

Mirror, mirror on the wall…our Richard is the fairest of them all…

Fairest as in being the most just…although, as always, he suffers at the hands of unjust historians. I have been browsing through a book entitled A Short History of the English People by Cyril Ransome, published 1903. Richard gets a mixed review, even though he is accused (sometimes it is only implied) of all the… Continue reading Mirror, mirror on the wall…our Richard is the fairest of them all…

Richard just HAD to be one of the seven….!

http://www.historyextra.com/article/richard-iii/7-medieval-kings-you-should-know-about Richard HAD to be one of the seven. He may have only reigned for a couple of years, but what years they were. And if he’d won at Bosworth, what a wonderful age his reign would have been. The legislation passed at his parliament was a mere taste of what he wanted to do… Continue reading Richard just HAD to be one of the seven….!

Song for the Denialists

He can rule the North well, and give justice to all, Win over Lancastrians, The great and the small, Folk claim he was good, but I just do not see, Though saintly in novels,  he’s always a villain to me. They can talk all they like of his wonderful laws, He murdered the Princes, without… Continue reading Song for the Denialists

“The poor dare not speak so”: The populist political rhetoric of the Yorkists

“For though I dare myself speak what seems to me to be the truth, the poor dare not do so.” – Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, in a statement to Henry VI, 1440 The Yorkists seem unique, almost tantalizingly modern, in their use of populist rhetoric during the Wars of the Roses. Of course, they were… Continue reading “The poor dare not speak so”: The populist political rhetoric of the Yorkists

“Tudor” parliamentary procedure

Apologies to anyone who expects this to be a five thousand word essay with at least a hundred cases but I was wondering about one thing in particular: when “Tudor” monarchs repealed legislation, how did they usually go about it? The usual procedure was – and still is – to have a new Act passed,… Continue reading “Tudor” parliamentary procedure