The Weasel and the Hag

Brilliant and incite full …just like my tum after all that chocolate cake

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Margaret Beaufort was born at Bletsoe Castle, Bedfordshire, on May 31st, 1443. Her father, John Beaufort, was a great-grandson of King Edward III, through his third surviving son, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.  At the time of John’s death, Margaret was the heiress to his fortune, being his only child.  In 1453, King Henry VI granted Margaret’s ward-ship to his own half brothers, Jasper and Edmund Tudor.  On the 1st of November, 1455, when she was twelve, Margaret married the 24 year old Edmund Tudor.  Edmund died of the plague while in captivity, leaving behind a 13-year old Margaret, who was 7 months pregnant.

Who was Margaret Beaufort?  Upon Margaret’s birth, her wet nurses described her as voracious and feisty.  By the age of one year, Margaret had uttered her first words….”throne” and “queen”.  By the age of three, she could often be found at the window, staring…

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A Message From Michelle At Fightback About ATOS And PIP

On it goes …..:(

Same Difference

A very worrying thing happened on Thursday whilst I was attending a PIP medical at the new Manchester Atos Centre. The assessor openly admitted she had access to and had read my clients ESA assessment from 2 years previous. She openly discussed things that were noted in it including fact that some illnesses were not listed then that were on her PIP form that I completed with her.

The problem with this is that we had challenged the decision in 2013 in tribunal and that ESA medical and the DWP decision was overturned in 2014. Now the main problem was that is that there were inconsistencies, omissions and downright untruths in the physiotherapists report of 2013. More importantly was the fact that case law for ESA states that you should be assessed by a doctor or mental health trained nurse if you have mental health problems or muscovado skeletal…

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Eleanor, ‘the Pearl of Brittany’

Another gem on a lesser known noble lady who, if the rules had been different could have been a Queen

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cafc4ebfe479d11225f5ed912a69da3dEleanor of Brittany was born around 1184, the daughter of Geoffrey Plantagenet Duke of Brittany by right of his wife, and Constance of Brittany. Described as beautiful, she has been called the Pearl, the Fair Maid and the Beauty of Brittany.

A granddaughter of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, she was the eldest of her parents’ three children; Matilda, born the following year, died young and Arthur, who was killed by – or at least on the orders of – King John in 1203.

Initially, Eleanor’s life seemed destined to follow the same path as many royal princesses; marriage. Richard I, her legal guardian after the death of her father in 1186, following his sister Joanna’s adamant refusal, offered Eleanor as a bride to Saladin’s brother, Al-Adil, in a failed attempt at a political settlement to the 3rd Crusade.

At the age of 9, she was betrothed to Friedrich…

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The Children of King Stephen

Yet another interesting blog from Sharon well worth a read

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King Stephen and his wife, Matilda of Boulogne, had 3 children who survived infancy, and yet – on his death – Stephen left his throne to Henry, Count of Anjou and son of Stephen’s bitter enemy, Empress Matilda.Stepan_Blois

Matilda was Henry I’s only surviving legitimate child, and designated heir – but she was a woman  and England’s nobles were reluctant to be ruled by a woman. Stephen was Henry I’s nephew, one of his closest male relatives and in the confusion following Henry’s death it was Stephen who acted quickly and decisively, and took the crown.

What followed was a period known as the Anarchy, almost 20 years of conflict and bloodshed as Stephen and Matilda battled for supremacy. Ultimately, Stephen managed to retain control of England but Matilda’s eldest son, Henry, was eager to win back his birthright.

Following several incursions by Henry – whilst still in his teens…

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Prince John and the first use of an iconic English phrase

Hilarious love it!

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On hearing of Richard I’s release from his German prison, Prince John wrote to the King of France, saying how ‘heureux’ he was that his brother was on his way home, and that he was going to Nottingham Castle to prepare a Welcome Home Party.

However, it seems some mischievous scribe changed the wording of the letter. By adding 3 little letters, changing the word ‘heureux’ to ‘malheureux’, he changed the whole meaning of the letter and the ‘welcome home party’ took on a sinister meaning. King Philip II Augustus of France was a master at stirring up trouble and wasted no time in alerting Richard to his brother’s, apparently, rebellious intentions.

So Richard arrived home to discover his brother was ‘holed up’ in Nottingham Castle and headed North to ‘deal’ with him.

When John saw his brother’s forces, he panicked – the party wasn’t quite ready yet, not all…

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Isabel de Warenne

Another tasty treat… A blogger that should be followed

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Isabel de Warenne was the only surviving child of William de Warenne, 3rd Earl of Surrey, and his wife Adela, daughter of William III of Ponthieu. When her father died on the Second Crusade to the Holy Land, in around 1148, Isabel became 4th Countess of Surrey and one of the most prized heiresses in England and Normandy, with large estates in Yorkshire.

Coa_England_Family_Warren_of_Surrey.svgIn the same year, as part of King Stephen’s attempts to control the vast de Warenne lands during a crucial time in the Anarchy – Stephen’s battles with his cousin Matilda to control England – Isabel was married to Stephen’s younger son, William of Blois, who became Earl by right of his wife. William, it seems, was about 7 years younger than his wife, being born in 1137.

William was removed from the succession to the crown by his own father, when Stephen made a deal with…

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Isabella of Castile, the Controversial First Duchess of York, c.1355-1392

Really interesting piece on Isabella of Castile the first Duchess of York

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Isabella_of_Castile-LangleyThe third daughter of Peter the Cruel of Castile and his long-term mistress (and sometime wife) Maria of Padilla, Isabella of Castile’s childhood was marred by her father’s battles to hold on to his throne and almost constant warfare with Aragon. Peter received support from Edward III’s son the Black Prince, but his failure to pay the costs of the campaign,  his faithlessness, and the failing health of the black Prince, meant he was left to his own devices by 1367. Peter’s own nobles backed his illegitimate brother, Henry of Tastamara, who eventually defeated and killed Peter in March 1369.

Isabella’s mother had died in 1361 and her 3-year-old brother, Alfonso, in 1362. On Peter’s death, Isabella’s older sister, Constance, inherited her father’s claim to the crown of Castile and, taking Isabella with her, took refuge in the English territory of Guyenne. Constance married John of Gaunt (third son of…

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A New Year’s Tudor Tragedy: Pourquoi has Henry VIII’s Canine Victim been Overlooked?

Laughed my paws off

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On a December day in 1534, an often-overlooked victim of Henry VIII met a sad end. But this was no overblown nobleman, crowing about his claim to the throne, no broken-hearted wife, turning over the past to see where she had gone wrong, and no devoted councillor unable to fulfil the King’s latest scheme. The death of little Purkey, or Pourquoi, Anne Boleyn’s beloved lapdog was to prove a foreshadowing of her own tragic decline. In the beast’s quaint tilted head and appealing eyes, Anne’s own dark orisons were echoed. In its plaintive bark, Henry heard shades of her winning laugh, and when the creature begged, elegantly dancing on his hind legs, it brought the King to mind of Anne’s graceful steps. So why exactly did the canine have to die?

Purkey was the gift of Honor, Lady Lisle, to the new queen in the winter of 1533. Having remarried…

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