This article, by the former MP Norman Baker, appeared in the Mail on Sunday. Actually, the original version was much longer and referred to Elizabeth II as a descendant of Henry VIII. This is an egregious howler, surely, because all of his actual descendants died by 1603 (or the last day of 1602/3 in the… Continue reading So wrong he could be right?
http://www.itv.com/hub/victoria/2a4229a0001 It is more interesting to watch a drama about a much later monarch when one is better informed than before. Lady Flora Rawdon-Hastings, the lady in waiting who appeared to be pregnant but was suffering from a cancer that proved terminal after a few months, was the sister of the 2nd Marquess of Hastings… Continue reading Victoria and Flora
https://murreyandblue.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/whatever-happened-to-henry-pole-the-younger-2011/ https://murreyandblue.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/a-plantagenet-on-television-2009-3/ Yes, that Henry Pole. A contact asked us recently whether his mother (nee’ Jane Neville) had been arrested in November 1538 and executed with her husband (Henry Lord Montagu) and others that December or January. Online sources are confused about this. However, we do know that she was the daughter of George Baron… Continue reading Henry Pole the Younger rides again?
Before the English Reformation, Archbishops were often related to the King, a spare brother from a branch of the Royal family. There were commoners, increasingly so as the years went on. Then the Reformation ensured that the clergy were no longer required to be celibate. Focussing particularly on the province of Canterbury, there have been… Continue reading Of well-connected Archbishops
We have had a few views recently, asking “why was arthur pole executed?”. Well, we don’t think he was. There were several Arthur Poles: 1) The first (Sir Arthur, 1502-35) was probably the youngest son of the Countess of Salisbury but there are no suggestions that he died from other than natural causes. 2) The… Continue reading To answer a visitors’ question:
The first of these was Welsh, a potential descendant of the princes of Powys who died in c. 1479 (1). He married Edith St. John, half-sister of the younger Margaret Beaufort and they had one son (Richard) and possibly a daughter (Eleanor), although the latter could have been his daughter by Bona Danvers. Richard was… Continue reading The four Geoffrey Poles
As many of you are aware, Bisham Abbey has been a sports centre of sorts for many years now but the Priory was the burial place of the Earls of Salisbury (and later also of Warwick). There is a mystery on it’s website:http://www.bishamabbeynsc.co.uk/bisham_abbey/ABOUT_Historyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Pole_%281502%E2%80%931535%29 (Sir) Arthur Pole was another of Richard III’s great-nephews and managed to… Continue reading The delayed burial of Arthur Pole?