Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Margaret Beaufort; Lady Richmond (Part I)

a young Margaret Beaufort
Who doesn't love Margaret Beaufort? If you don't then go away and quite watching "The White Queen" :) heheh... (haven't seen it myself but I hear it's portraying her wrongly) Recently I put a poll on my blog as to who you think my next series should be on. I had four characters in mind but couldn't decided which one. And Margaret Beaufort won! As for the others, they'll get series too but it'll just be coming later. Now I personally think Margaret Beaufort is a remarkable character and is definitely worthy admiring. So let's examine her life and story shall we? Her story is one of dedication to faith, perseverance and courage. She truly is remarkable!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Even More Random Tudor Facts

Every now and then I like to post a selection of random facts for you! I know some students looked for interesting facts from the Tudor period and what not, and that many of you enjoy reading them! And yes, all the facts are true (unless I mention something otherwise) and come from the various books and articles I've read. Here's the latest set...

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Who Was The Real Jane Grey?

Lady Jane Grey
Ah yes, lady Jane Grey... she's been a favourite character of to study of mine for a long time. But do we really know what she was like? Over the years I've come across many different views of her. Some describe her as an ambitious teenager who overstepped her boundaries. Others see her as a passive innocent victim with no desire to be where she is. Others see her as a an innocent martyr for her faith who never wished to be queen. She's sometimes been described as a pawn other as a forceful player in a fateful game of politics and queenship. She's been called both a victim and a champion.

But just which one was she??

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Weird Search Keywords #8!

I know these posts always get lots of views so I'll try to post 'em more often! Here's the latest set!
  • uncommon names from each era - you mean... every. single. era. ever?
  • conuctuion between war if roses and elizabethan ear - Now that's a bit of a stretch...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (Part III)

Margaret Pole going to her execution
Okay before we begin, I'm sorry for the delay. My schedule got kinda hectic with school and tests and what not so I haven't had time to write my next post. But I have now and I better not keep you waiting any longer!

Once Margaret Pole joined Henry VIII's court, she was given the position as governess to his daughter Mary. She was like a second mother to the Princess and the two became fast friends. Margaret helped the Princess with her education and other things and the two started a life long friendship. It only seemed natural then that her children were friends with Mary also. Especially her son Reginald. Reginald Pole was older than Mary by about 4 or 5 years and nevertheless Mary had a crush on him. She as a child always wanted to marry Reginald, but events later would prevent her from doing some. Sometimes it's interesting to wonder what would've happened if Mary had become Reginald's wife but that, we'll never know.

Even though it had seemed Margaret was a new women and the wounds from the previous civil war forgotten, there was one thing that Henry VIII couldn't over look. The simple fact that Margaret's last name... was Plantagenet.

Happy Birthday Edward of Lancaster!

Today in Tudor History we have the birth of Prince Edward of Lancaster, son of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou. The Tudor family always supported the house of Lancaster, and thus saw Edward as the rightful heir. Ironically it's his death that let the Tudor found their namesake dynasty. But even though Edward only lived to be 17 he's one of the more exciting and interesting characters to study, and one of the greatest "What if'?"s. Of course there are a lot of different views on Edward but I personally think he took much after his paternal grandfather, Henry V and had he become king, would've ruled like him.

But putting that aside, Edward was born on October 13th 1453, his father at the time was suffered from a mental collapse (due to his inherited Schizophrenia) thus he didn't recognize him (well duh! right?) This though gave way to rumours about Edward's parentage. Don't believe the rumours though, they have no basis in fact as the Lancasterian's enemies made them up to make Queen Margaret look bad.  Actually realizing his wife was expecting his child may have played a role in Henry's mental collapse anyway! (it's like on the humorous side but I do think I read somewhere that someone thought this was true!)

If you wish to lean more of the last Lancastrian prince, my blog is the perfect place! :) Check out these posts:
  • Edward of Lancaster, Prince of Wales
  • Edward of Lancaster and Anne Neville
  • Misconceptions on Edward of Lancaster
  • Edward of Lancaster's Personality
  • The Lancastrian "Redemption"
  • Margaret of Anjou: The Warrior Queen "Part II"

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (Part II)

Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury
Okay, first off I'm sorry for the delay. I've had to type up a lot of essays for my classes in school so I haven't had time to post anything, (also I've been being busy playing video games... :) heheh... anyone else love Super Smash Bros. as much as do? :D that game's pretty addicting...!) So after a rather unexpected delay, here's the next part of my short Margaret Pole series.

Upon the death of her father George, Duke of Clarence, Margaret and her younger brother Edward (aka Warwick) were transferred to the custody of her aunt and uncle Richard of Gloucester and Anne Neville. There she and her brother had a warm welcome and they met their cousin Richard and Anne's son Edward as well as Richard's two illegitimate children Katherine and John. At their home in Middleham Margaret grew up in a rather nicely, away from the drama and scandal of Edward IV's court. But Edward IV did not live forever.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (Part I)

Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury
Lately the character of Isabel Neville has been more popular than ever! But have you ever wondered what became of her daughter, Margaret? Well then you're in luck! For today I will be examining in brief the life of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury in a short 2-3 post series.  She was a Platanget of double Yorkist supporting blood. Her very presence must've reminded King Henry VIII of the blood and strife that was the Wars of the Roses and of the rebellious plots laid against his father by Yorkists. But Margaret wasn't like that. For though she was the daughter of Shakespeare's "False, Fleeting, Perjured Clarence" and history's famous 'Warwick the Kingmaker" Margaret was of no suspicious or ambitious mind.

Let's start at the most logical place shall we? The beginning.