Category Archives: Politics

The Lords Appellant Part 1: A Great and Continual council

  Although the word appellant in modern terms refers to a petitioner appealing to a higher court, when we look at the fourteenth century the whole concept takes a left turn. First of all, you always see the words Lords … Continue reading

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Common Myths of the Wars of the Roses or All you thought you knew about the Wars of the Roses, but didn’t… Episode 2  

Two months ago we examined some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding Henry VI and the Wars of the Roses; we continue the series by looking at the man known as the Kingmaker.

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The Kings of England Who Never Were

  In the story of English history, across the centuries, there are first-born sons destined to be Kings of England who never were. It is widely held that when it came to inheritance the unwritten ‘rule’ was, heir and spare … Continue reading

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King John – the Tyrannical Ruler

  King John was the fourth and youngest legitimate son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was born on Christmas Eve 1167 at Beaumont Palace in Oxford, and was soon moved to the Abbey of Fontevrault in Anjou, … Continue reading

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The Last Days of King John

King John died on October 18 in 1216. Here’s my account of his final days, taken from my recent book. [For context: John was at this point engaged in a desperate war against his own barons, and their ally, Louis, … Continue reading

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Why Did Elizabeth Woodville Leave Sanctuary?

On March 1, 1484, Richard III swore an extraordinary oath. In front of “lords spiritual and temporal” and the mayor and aldermen of London, he promised that if Elizabeth Woodville and her daughters came out of sanctuary at Westminster, he … Continue reading

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The Truth Behind the Fiction: Two Brothers, Two Kings

When I began working on my Robin Hood series, I had to research the real characters in the story as well as the fictional. The two Kings most closely associated with the Robin Hood legend are King Richard I, also … Continue reading

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