I adore Queen Elizabeth II. Many people have lauded QE2 for her scandal-free life. Her kids have scandals and her relatives have scandals and her husband gets in trouble for gaffes (i.e. he says racist, stupid things sometimes), but the Queen does none of that. Queen Victoria has had more ‘sex scandals’ than Queen Elizabeth.… Read more Queen Elizabeth II and Her Descent From Jezebels
Geoffrey V of Anjou was born on 24 August 1113, the eldest son of Foulques V d’Anjou and Eremburga de La Flèche, daughter of Elias I of Maine. He was the heir to several important titles and properties, and he grew into a good-looking, strapping young lad as well. He was often called Geoffrey le… Read more The Man Who Sired the Angevin and Plantagenet Dynasties
Almost indisputably, the best uncle of the medieval period was Jasper Tudor. He was utterly devoted to his nephew, the future King Henry VII. However, there is also a medieval uncle who was loyal to his nephew yet does not get nearly enough credit for it — John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford. John… Read more John of Lancaster, an Excellent Uncle
Edward IV of England was born in France on 28 April 1442. He was the second son of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, and Cecily Neville, but he was the eldest son to survive to adulthood and became the duke’s heir. His blood was forget-me-not blue from birth, because he was a direct descendant… Read more Happy Birthday Edward IV
On 26 April 1923, the Duke of York, Albert Frederick Arthur George (the second son of King George V and his queen Mary of Teck, known as Bertie to his family) wed Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey, thereby gaining an admirable wife and even more admirable father-in-law. Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was born… Read more Happy Anniversary to King George VI and the Queen Mum!!
William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck was born on 14 April 1738, the eldest son and heir of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland and Margaret Cavendish-Harley. The newborn had an illustrious future ahead of him. Not only would he be the 3rd Duke of Portland, he would hold every title of British nobility – Duke, Marquess,… Read more Happy Birthday to the Queen’s Ancestor, Regency Era Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
The future Christian IX of Demark was born on 8 April 1818, the fourth son of Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck and Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse. Although he was really in line for any throne, the newborn was related six ways to Sunday to the crowned heads of Europe. Among other connections, his father… Read more Happy Birthday to Christian IX of Demark, Direct Ancestor of BOTH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Arthur Tudor died at the young age of 15 on April 2, 1502 at Ludlow Castle in Wales. It is springtime here, and Wales is covered with wildflowers and fields full of woolly little lambs. It seems exceptionally sad that Arthur died at this time of year, when he was a newlywed and also just… Read more The Death of Arthur Tudor
John of Gaunt was born on 6 March 1340, the sixth child of King Edward III and Philippa of Hainault. He had two older brothers who lived to adulthood, and two younger brothers who did likewise. As the third of five sons, he was was incredibly unlikely to come to the throne or father a… Read more Happy Birthday To a Man Who Sired MANY Monarchs!
Richard, the 3rd Duke of York and the father of King Edward IV and King Richard III, came into the world on 21 September 1411. He was born under the reign of a usurper, Henry IV, who had stolen the throne from his cousin Richard II, and would one day attempt to usurp the throne… Read more Happy Birthday to Richard, 3rd Duke of York