Tag Archives: Medieval

The Beaufort Legitimacy

You would think that as the author of a book called ‘The House of Beaufort; the Bastard Line that Captured the Crown’, my answer to the question, ‘were the Beauforts illegitimate’, would be a resounding yes. The clue is in … Continue reading

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Marco Polo: Facts, Biography & Travels

  Marco Polo traveling. Miniature from the book “The Travels of Marco Polo” (“Il Milione”). Credit: Public domain Marco Polo was one of the first and most famous Europeans to travel to Asia during the Middle Ages. He traveled farther … Continue reading

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Faction and Politics at the Outbreak of the Wars of the Roses

Part 4: Cat Among the Pigeons! In the fourth, and final, post on this subject I shall have a look at how Richard, Duke of York’s apparently impregnable position deteriorated after the battle of St Albans and brought about civil war.

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Faction and Politics at the Outbreak of the Wars of the Roses – Part 3

  Part 3: Picking Sides Today I’m continuing my sequence of short posts on the outbreak of the Wars of the Roses. Now I know that some folk suggest that the wars did not start in 1455 but earlier – … Continue reading

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Faction and Politics for Dummies at the Outbreak of the Wars of the Roses – Part 

Part 2: Richard, Duke of York v Edmund, Duke of Beaufort This is the second of a series of posts intended to explain the events leading up to the outbreak of hostilities in 1455, known as the Wars of the … Continue reading

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Faction and Politics for Dummies at the Outbreak of the Wars of the Rose

Part 1: Richard, Duke of York, becomes Protector of the Realm In 1454, Richard Duke of York, the leading peer of the realm – was given the poisoned chalice: he was appointed Protector of the Realm in view of the … Continue reading

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All you thought you knew about the Wars of the Roses, but didn’t… Episode One: Henry VI: the mad king?

There are two commonly held beliefs about Henry VI: either he was a simpleton or he was mad – not a great choice really… and of course, neither charge is actually supported by the evidence.

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