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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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The History of the Werewolf Legend

  Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, are legendary shape-shifting humans. As the name suggests, the shape these creatures take on is that of a wolf. The history of the werewolf legend has sprung up independently or spread to virtually every … Continue reading

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The Original ‘Nightmare’ Was a Demon That Sat on Your Chest and Suffocated You

Maere, mara, mahr, mahrt, mårt—by any name, it was and still is a terrifying visitor. The Nightmare, Henry Fuseli, 1781. JOHN HENRY FUSELI NIGHTMARES, AS WE USE THE word today, are vivid, personal terrors whipped up by a person’s subconscious just … Continue reading

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When Tomatoes Were Blamed For Witchcraft and Werewolves

People have feared tomatoes for 600 years. An illustration of tomatoes from an 1893 catalogue of seeds. BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE LIBRARY/CC BY 2.0 NO OTHER VEGETABLE HAS BEEN as maligned as the tomato (and it is a vegetable, by order of … 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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