Eleanor Cobham: The Duchess and her Downfall

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The following is a guest post I did last year for the lovely Melanie Clegg, a historical novelist whose latest book, Minette, is high on my to-be-read list. Melanie has a great blog–do stop by! For a few years in …

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Medieval Gambling

I’m back from the annual general meeting of the American Branch of the Richard III Society, which took place in, of all places, Las Vegas. Since the Saturday banquet was a costume-optional occasion, this gave me the opportunity to strut …

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Historical Tweets, Medieval- and Tudor-Style

As some of you might know, there’s a website called Historical Tweets. Here are a few of my own contributions to this worthy endeavor. Have you got some? (Messages have to be 140 characters or less.) Edward II:Found someone to …

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The Taming of the Duke

In around 1435, Henry VI’s council decided that strict measures were required for the upbringing of a royal ward. The ward was to rise between six and seven in the morning and to say prayers, and then go and wait …

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Richard III and Bail

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Aside from Titulus Regius and the attainder of around 100 people for their participation in the rebellion of 1483, Richard III’s only Parliament is notable for some of the progressive legislation it enacted, including the popular abolition of benevolences and …

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Joan of Navarre

Over the weekend (in between the excitement of using my big hole puncher), I finished Witch Queen by Maureen Peters. Witch Queen is about Joan of Navarre, who married the widowed Henry IV and thus became his queen and the …

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Manly Matters

As eagerly anticipated, no doubt, by female readers of this blog, here’s an item from Edward IV’s last Parliament, that of 1483, in which Parliament took a firm stand against firm–no, I’m not going there. Not at all. And that …

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Checkers: The Root of All Evil

As my work-in-progress approaches the death of George, Duke of Clarence, I had a look last night at the Parliament rolls for the 1478 session at which he was condemned. There’s actually very little about Clarence in them, perhaps because …

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House Hunting, Plantagenet Style

Overseas readers may not be aware of this, but American subdivision developers would be lost without England. That’s because so many subdivisions have English-inspired names (my town has one called Buckingham, for example) and corresponding house models. Today’s newspaper, for …

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