A Pop Tribute to George, Duke of Clarence

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In his recent book The Third Plantagenet, Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, the leading scholar on the House of York, proved beyond dispute that George, Duke of Clarence, was a short man. Indeed, as Dr. Ashdown-Hill brilliantly explained, Clarence’s small stature did much to mould his character.

George, Duke of Clarence, trying a bit too hard to compensate George, Duke of Clarence, trying a bit too hard to compensate

Yet sometimes theories germinate in popular culture or in fiction before they find their way into the pages of academic history, and it appears that Clarence’s shortness is one of these theories. In making note of this, I do not mean at all to take away from Dr. Ashdown-Hill’s stellar achievement, for indeed, his theory is solidly based on the historical fact, while the source I am about to mention below relied, no doubt, on mere guesswork and instinct. Still, it is fascinating to note that two very different men, coming at the…

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Isabel of Gloucester, the Lost Queen of England

Thanks Sharon poor woman what a sad life indeed. As usual beautufully researched

History... the interesting bits!

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Isabel of Gloucester is a shadow in the pages of history. I could find no pictures of her. No one even seems certain of her name; she has been called Isabel, Isabella, Hawise, Avice….. Isabel, however, seems to be the most popular, so we’ll stick with that, for now.

Isabel was the youngest daughter, and co-heiress, of William, 2nd Earl of Gloucester and his wife, Hawise, daughter of Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester. Although her date of birth has been lost to history – most sources say between 1173 and 1176 – she was betrothed in 1176, possibly whilst still in her cradle, to Prince John.

The youngest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, John was 9 years old at the time of the betrothal. However the wedding did not take place until 1189, when John was 21. Baldwin, the Archbishop…

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Good debate on the weird and often worrying way people deal with The Princes …

A Nevill Feast

…every facebook conversation on the Princes in the Tower… Ever![1]

As soon as I see the words ‘princes’ and ‘Tower’ in the same status, I draw in a deep breath, close my eyes and count to ten. This is the only preparation I can make for the upcoming twists of logic, the constant shifts in argument, the barrage of I believe and I read it somewhere but I can’t remember where and statements of opinion as if they were hard fact. Opinion is fine, we all have them. I can say ‘In my opinion, Edward V was a nice lad’ and, unless anyone has documentary evidence that proves otherwise, my opinion is as good as anyone else’s. What doesn’t work is if I say ‘In my opinion, the battle of St Albans was fought in Cumberland’. If you want to state something as fact, state it is fact…

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Right Royal Romantic Reunions (a Valentine story that is complete fiction) ….

A clever unusual tale of lost loves


A Right Romantic Royal Reunion

St Valentine’s Day in Leicester was all wind, rain and freezing cold temperatures, but the weather had not deterred the many people who had come to the King Richard III Visitor Centre. They were eager to see the exhibition about the man who had died in battle at nearby Bosworth in 1485, was lost for over five hundred years, and then found again, to be buried in 2015 in Leicester’s cathedral.

Of all the many displays, people most wanted to see Richard’s accurately modelled head, which stood on a plinth in a glass cabinet, with a beam of light directed from above. Richard, so reviled by Shakespeare and the Tudors, was now known not to have been a monster at all, but a handsome young man, whom thousands believed was a strong, good ruler. His increasing number of supporters insisted that had he lived, he would have been a truly…

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