Funeral of Richard II from BL Royal 18 E II, f. 416v When Henry Bolingbroke took the crown, he was … More The King Just Won’t Stay Down
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Medieval Parliament, Royal Collection, RCIN 1047414: Source, Wikipedia As I alluded to in my previous article about Different Layers of … More The Nobles and Gentry in late Medieval England
Jousts Between Knights on Horses and on Foot- Brussels, KBR, ms. 10218-19, f. 141r I’ve been wanting to write this … More A Knight is a Knight is a Knight. Or was he?
The history of your favorite (mainly) red nightshade involves a long and intricate tale that traces back to the Aztecs around … More The History of the Tomato: Guest Post by Gerard Paul
This book with the catchy title has actually proved to be very readable and informative. I had hoped it would … More Review: The Fall Of The House Of Percy, 1368-1408 by Richard Lomas
Coronation of Henry IV, BL MS Harley 4380, F.186V Bolingbroke’s decision to go for the crown has puzzled historians for … More When Did Bolingbroke Decide to Take the Crown?
Palatinates of Lancaster and Chester, saved from heritage-history.com A Palatinate (coming from palace) is one of those words bantered around … More The County Palatine (or Palatinate): A threat to the king?
Richard II and Henry at Flint, MS BL Harley 1319 f.50 Even though Richard II and Henry Bolingbroke were first … More Clashing cousins: Richard II and Bolingbroke
British Library: MS Harley 4205 f.6V For a long time my only knowledge about Richard II came from Shakespeare. How … More Getting to know my protagonist, Richard II
“When I was young and powerless, they saw fit to manipulate Parliament to achieve their selfish ends. Those days are … More Review for THE KING’S RETRIBUTION by Mary Anne Yarde
If you read A KING UNDER SIEGE, you might remember that we left off just as Richard declared his majority at age 22. … More New Release! THE KING’S RETRIBUTION