- Marie De Guise was married once before James V to the duke of Lorriane, they had one child, a son. He wrote letters to Marie when she left for Scotland, he died young. This is why Agnes Strickland calls her "Mary of Lorriane" and... no one else does...
- Frances Brandon and her husband, Henry Grey were actually distantly related. They share a common Ancestor in Elizabeth Wydeville.
- Elizabeth Wydeville was never called "Woodville" i have no idea why people think it's her last name!
- Besides lord Darnley, Henry Stuart was also Duke of Albany, Earl of Ross, and King Consort of Scots
- Margaret Pole, governess to Mary I, was actually one of the last surviving Plantagenets as the daughter of the Duke of Clarence. (Edward IV's brother)
- Elizabeth I was released from the tower on the aniversary of Anne Boleyn's execuation
- After her first husband's death, Frances Grey married again to Adrain Stokes, a commoner who was much younger than her
- Douglass Sheffield was named after Margaret Douglas.
- Ruthven was actually related to Darnley via marriage.
- Elizabeth of York had a sister named Mary who died before she was 15.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
As promised here are more of little known Tudor facts. (yes, they are true)
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
|an artist's interputation of Rizzio's murder|
David Rizzio was Mary, Queen of Scots' favourite seceratary and best (and most trusted) friend. He was Italian and had come to Marys household with the duke of Savoy ambassador, Count Moretta. Rizzio was never well liked by the Scottish nobles, first of all... he's short, AND he's catholic. Why should the protestant Scottish nobles like him? Rizzio was an ally of Darnley's and promoted his marriage to Mary. Darnley ends up turning on Rizzio though, you'll see.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Now i shall adress the many misconceptions and streotypes people have regarding the Darnley murder and just the era in general.... (cuz trust me! There's a lot!). Let's begin with the era we all love to hate, the Victorian age! Those darn Victorians are at it again with the Darnley murder! Agnes Strickland for example, says Darnley did at Kirk-OF-Field, not O-field! Also, her spelling is TERRIABLE! And those Victorians in general had the belief that Mary and Bothwell were madly in love with each other and Darnley, although... uh...Darnley, was wrongfully murdered by an adultress couple. Sound Pro-Lennox at all? :) Well, i know many of us have taken this stereotipical view but, i'm sorry to say, it's not true.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
To continue our story i shall begin where i left off. Darnley was settled in OPL with his servents, and his loyal valet William Taylor. Darnley was also still sick so he was confined to his bedchamber and as mentioned before was given terriable treatments. Mary would come visit him on a few days and stay there overnight a day or two. (her bechamber was directly under Darnley's) She was there for the purpose of reconcilation and illness had brought about a change in Darnley too. He wrote to his father, the Earl of Lennox about how happy he was to be reconcilated with his wife. It is most likely that this letter was genuine and Darnley had had a change of heart, but, sadly it was too late.
|the memorial of Lord Darnley commissioned by his parents. |
It's filled with hiddne messages that call for Revenge on the murders.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Now that i've described who the main players our in our drama of Darnley's murder, we must understand the events leading up to the actually murder which are just as dramatic! the subjet of MQoS (Mary Queen of Scots) is not one to be entered into lightly. So much discrepency so many people, so much....stuff! Therefore i will skip over Mary's childhood in France and the early years in Scottish with John Knox and all that stuff.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Today i felt like sharing a few Tudor facts that most likely, you never knew! Here's a list...
- Through Katherine of Valois, the Tudors have a direct claim to the French throne. But, apartenlty no one remembers this...
- Mathew Stuart, the earl of Lennox (father of lord Darnley) has a claim the the Scottish Throne. (see my post "A Lennox King of Scotland?"
- Anne Boleyn hated monkeys. Someone was going to send one to her but, luckily they were told in time.
- Jane Shore's real name is Elizabeth, and her maiden name was Lambert.
- Cecil's handwriting was so bad that his R's looked like K's.
- Lady Jane Grey's father, Henry Grey, descended from Elizabeth Wydeville's children from her first marriage to John Grey. Thus making Frances Brandon and him distantly related.
- Jane Grey ruled for 13 days, not 9.
- Anne Boleyn had an aunt who married into the Boleyn family and became, Anne Boleyn
- Henry VIII had an illegtitamate daughter named Etheldreda Malte, by Joan Dyngly.
- Bess of Hardwick had a brother, James of Hardwick
- Mary Queen of Scots miscarried of twins by Bothwell.
- Richard III was born at Fotheringhay, the same place where Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded. I wonder if she remembered this...
- George, Duke of Clarence, (father of Margaret Pole) was actually born in Ireland, not England,
- Amy Robsart's mother had married before marrying her father. Amy had many half-siblings. her mother's name was Elizabeth Appleyard and her father's John Robsart.
- Katherine Parr was named after Katherine of Aragon
- Had Arthur Tudor become king of England, Henry VIII would've been archbishop of Canterbury (i find this slightly ironic
- On the day of Francis II coronation all 3 of Mary Queen of Scots' husbands were in the same place at the same time with her. Darnley had snuck off the France to stay away from the angry Elizabeth and Bothwell was as a Scottish ambassador.
- David Rizzio had a brother named Joseph
- Kat Ashley real name was Katherine and her maiden name was Champernowne
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
So far we've covered almost all of the early Tudors except one, my personal favourite, Henry VII! Now, i will cover the events leading up to his reign. I have already hinted at his life story in my previous posts (the Early Tudors Parts I, II, and III, and "The Life of Margaret Beaufort") So i pick it up for i left off.
|Young Henry VII|