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The Defence of Richard III Part 3 - To Kill A King

On 21st May 1471, 17 days after Tewkesbury, King Henry VI died in the Tower of London. On that same day King Edward IV returned to London in triumph. The White Queen showed us one version of this event, but it did not sit well with the source material available. The official story released, encapsulated within the Yorkist source ‘The Arrivall of Edward IV’, was that Henry died of…
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Anne Neville - The Bad Queen?

Like millions of others last night, I was an avid view of the BBC 1 adaptation of ‘The White Queen’, the reason I choose now to blog on the programme is because of the way Anne Neville was portrayed in last night’s episode. For some unknown reason I never…
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Why the next King James would be James VIII and 'first' King Alexander, Alexander IV

King James VI became King James I of England in 1603, creating the personal union between the English and Scottish thrones. The British Monarchy was formed when King James VI of Scotland inherited the throne of England in 1603. Prior to that, Kings and Queens of England and Scotland had reigned separately. When King James came to the throne of England, he became known as King James I & VI (the…
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King Henry VIII is Crowned

King Henry VIII was crowned King of England on 24th June 1509. Five hundred and four years ago today, Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon were crowned King and Queen of England in a ceremony of pomp and splendour at Westminster Abbey.   The coronation ceremony was performed…
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The Coronation – as watched on television

On 2nd June 1953, a remarkable young woman was crowned at Westminster Abbey. Aged just 27, Elizabeth II had been born at the time of the 1926 general strike, had seen the 1936 Abdication Crisis first hand, had been evacuated during World War Two then helped with the war effort and had celebrated VE day amongst the crowds of London. Now, after acceding to the throne on the death of her father King…
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