english history

The Funeral of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales was laid to rest 200 years ago on 19 November 1817, and it can truly be said that the entire nation mourned. The 21 year old princess, second in line to the throne, had died of childbirth complications on 6 November, to the dismay of the kingdom. A royal death wouldn’t create… Read more The Funeral of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

The Rise of the Howards After the Death of Anne de Mowbray, Duchess of York

Anne de Mowbray, 8th Countess of Norfolk, was born in December of 1476 and was only a toddler when her father, John de Mowbray, 4th Duke of Norfolk, died on 14 January 1476, leaving her an immensely wealthy heiress.  Her mother, Lady Elizabeth Talbot, would be able to have very little say in how her… Read more The Rise of the Howards After the Death of Anne de Mowbray, Duchess of York

Frauenroman: Deriding Women’s Romances For Centuries

Anglophone authors and Jane Austen fans tend to think of the culture and style of the Regency era as uniquely British. While having the Prince Regent was certainly for the UK alone, the larger sociocultural trends of the Regency were European, part of a dynamic give and take of ideas that flourished in spite of… Read more Frauenroman: Deriding Women’s Romances For Centuries

Happy Anniversary to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

Did King Henry VIII marry Anne Boleyn on 14 November 1532? The argument that Henry VIII wed Anne Boleyn in a clandestine ceremony on St. Erkenwalds/Earconwalds/Erconwalds Day of 1532, when they landed in Dover after the political summit in Calais between Henry and King Francis I of France,  is not a new one. Edward Hall’s chronicle, which was… Read more Happy Anniversary to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

Bridget of York, King Edward IV’s Last Child

Bridget of York, the 10th and youngest child and of King Edward IV of England and Queen Elizabeth Woodville, was born on 10 November 1480 at Eltham Palace. At the time of Bridget’s birth, she had seven of nine full siblings and two half brothers still living, the only exceptions being a sister, Margaret of… Read more Bridget of York, King Edward IV’s Last Child