We all know the story of John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford/de Roët. It was a wonderful, passionate love affair that ended with Gaunt, a prince of the realm, making the relatively lowly Katherine his third duchess. Yes, a great romance, and it was fact, not fiction. However, historically speaking, both of them had… Continue reading Two famous lovers I cannot love….!
The Countess of Desmond remembered dancing with Richard….?
While searching for one thing, yet again I came upon another. This time it was a very interesting essay available on JSTOR. It is titled Lees and Moonshine: Remembering Richard III, 1485-1635 by Philip Schwyzer of the University of Exeter. You can find it here but need to register and give a password. However, for… Continue reading The Countess of Desmond remembered dancing with Richard….?
Treachery is one man’s meat and another’s poison….
I have been reading a very interesting article from the Journal of Medieval History by E. Amanda McVitty, called False knights and true men: contesting chivalric masculinity in English treason trials, 1388-1415. (Vol. 40, No. 4, 458–477) There is an old saying that one man’s meat is another man’s poison, and by the… Continue reading Treachery is one man’s meat and another’s poison….
What if Henry Tudor had been a handsome, charismatic challenger….?
As supporters of Richard III, we find it only too easy to dislike Henry VII. Not only did the churl defeat and kill Richard (not even through his own martial endeavours but through treachery!) but his looks mean we wouldn’t trust him an inch. He looks cold, calculating, shifty and downright untrustworthy, nor… Continue reading What if Henry Tudor had been a handsome, charismatic challenger….?
Do you fancy living in a STANLEY property….?
Well, as a selling point and “a little bit of history” it would seem that the above property’s provenance isn’t quite certain. It’s reportedly part of the Stanley family’s estates. This in itself is a dubious recommendation to any Ricardian! I mean, as far as supporters of Richard III are concerned, the mere name… Continue reading Do you fancy living in a STANLEY property….?
Settling the Bosworth Debt….
With the denizens of Hades gathering to do their worst, here is a horror tale of Sir William Stanley’s final Hallowe’en, when retribution snatches him at last. “Settling the Bosworth Debt” is the story of what happened to William when he was confronted by some terrible truths about Henry Tudor. Friday, 31 October, 1494, Hallowe’en,… Continue reading Settling the Bosworth Debt….
The price of one royal progress….
King Charles III’s fleeting visits to the separate nations of the United Kingdom have been the modern equivalent of the royal progresses of the past. From very early times each new monarch embarked on a progress through their realm, to show themselves to their people. As their only transport was the horse, it took… Continue reading The price of one royal progress….
This Legendary Ten Seconds song, with lyrics by Sandra Heath Wilson, features on the new Musical Almanac album. A HERALD’S LAMENT . . .King Richard is dead Lyrics written by Sandra Heath Wilson King Richard is dead! Such dread news I bring!No joy to cling to, no hosannas to singI tell a tale so… Continue reading Herald’s Lament
Stanley, The Man Who Wasn’t There….
Appropriately titled The Man Who Wasn’t There, there is a new book about Sir Thomas Stanley, aka 1st Earl of Derby. Hmm, not my favourite person, so I doubt I’ll be rushing to acquire it. That’s no reflection on the author or the quality of the book, just the subject matter. You can… Continue reading Stanley, The Man Who Wasn’t There….
Bosworth – only ranked 9 out of 9….!
Bosworth, a victory for treachery – and for cowardice, because Henry Tudor didn’t raise a finger, but lurked at the back, behind a protective screen of bodyguards As far as Ricardians are concerned, the most important (and tragic) medieval battle was Bosworth, but 22nd August 1485 only makes it to number nine of nine! See… Continue reading Bosworth – only ranked 9 out of 9….!