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The Foxiest of the Foxite Whigs

Long before Bernie Sanders shook the foundations of the Left-wing American party, Georgian Britain had to contend with Charles James Fox and the Foxite Whigs. Charles Fox was born in London on 24 January 1749, the second surviving son of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland and Lady Caroline Lennox. The new newborn Fox was of royal blood, since his… Read more The Foxiest of the Foxite Whigs

The Death of King Ferdinand II of Aragon

King Ferdinand II of Aragon, one of the worst royal father’s in history, passed away on 23 January 1516 and was (oddly enough) lamented by his surviving children. His son-in-law, Henry VIII, whom he had betrayed more often than once, was so worried about distressing the heavily pregnant Katherina of Aragon that he waited until… Read more The Death of King Ferdinand II of Aragon

Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Fratricidal Monster

On 22 January 1552, Edward Seymour, the eldest brother of Henry VIII’s third queen Jane Seymour and uncle of King Edward VI, was beheaded on Tower Hill. I’m not particularly sorry for him. I’m schooled in postmodernism enough to assume everyone studying history develops partialities whether they admit it or not. One of the people… Read more Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Fratricidal Monster

The Last King of Poland and the Empress Who Loved Him

Stanisław Antoni Poniatowski was born on 17 January 1732, the fifth child and second son of a Polish aristocrat in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (now part of Belarus). He would, against all expectation, become the Grand Duke of Lithuania and the last King of Poland. He was also one of Catherine the Great’s lovers. The Empress… Read more The Last King of Poland and the Empress Who Loved Him