Tag Archives: War of the Roses

The Lost Coronation Of King Richard III

The coronation that took place on Sunday 6th July 1483 was, only a fortnight earlier, unplanned. London was prepared for a coronation, that of King Edward V on 22nd June but that was fated not to take place. Edward had … Continue reading

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Top 10 Strangest Deaths in the Middle Ages

  You may have heard how medieval rulers have been killed in battle or died from an assassin’s blade. But did you know about the king who died from uncontrollable laughing or the emperor who was dragged 16 miles through … Continue reading

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Marrying for Love: The Experience of Edward IV and Henry VIII

Should the monarch or heir to the throne marry for love? ‘Of course’ is the answer most people in Britain would give today, but history suggests otherwise. It is not just that the 1689 Bill of Rights and the 1701 … Continue reading

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Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty The Plantagenets: Tyranny

Tyranny Dan concludes his part-dramatised history of the Plantagenet dynasty by examining the extraordinary story of Richard II, who ascended the throne when he was 10 years old. He won respect for his actions during the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 … Continue reading

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Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty The Plantagenets: Revenge

Revenge Dan Jones continues his history of the Plantagenet dynasty with a look at Edward II, who ruled England between 1307 and 1327. In a story of murder, intrigue, lust, betrayal and revenge, the historian explores whether there is any … Continue reading

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Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty The Plantagenets: Hatred

Hatred Dan Jones continues his history of the Plantagenets by focusing on Henry III, who wanted to restore the empire his father John had lost, but his poor leadership meant the barons refused to give him the funds he required. … Continue reading

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Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty: The Plantagenets: Betrayal

Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty Out of the chaos, darkness and violence of the Middle Ages, one family rose to seize control of England. Generation after generation they ruled the country for more than three hundred years, ruthlessly crushing all competition to … Continue reading

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