Charles Grey, future Prime Minister and progressive hero, was born on 13 March 1764 to General Charles Grey, who was created Earl Grey and Viscount Howick in 1806. A genius, Charles Grey wowed his way through Trinity College, Cambridge and: was elected to Parliament for the Northumberland constituency on 14 September 1786, aged just 22.… Read more Happy Birthday Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey!
Christian VII, King of Denmark-Norway and Duke of Schleswig and Holstein, shuffled off his mortal coil on 13 March 1808, leaving his son – who had already been ruling as Prince Regent of Denmark-Norway since 1784 – to become monarch Frederick VI in name as well as in fact. Christian was born on 29 January… Read more The Madness of King George’s Cousin
Ferdinand II of Aragon, husband and co-ruler with Isabella I of Castile, was born on 10 March 1452 and I don’t like him very much. For one thing, he and his wife were rabid Catholics who expressed the their religion less through Christ’s tenants of mercy and kindness and more along the lines of slaughtering… Read more Happy Birthday to Ferdinand II of Aragon and His Grandson, Ferdinand I of Bohemia and Hungary
I am a defender of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. He is often – even usually – accused of being King Edward VI’s puppet master and for setting up Lady Jane Grey to marry his son Guilford so he could continue to rule through them after Edward’s death. In my book, Edward VI in a… Read more Why Didn’t Cranmer See Edward VI Alone Before the King’s Death?
The beloved Georgina era author, poet, and editor Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld passed away on 9 March 1825, and she was largely forgotten until feminists dragged her work back out into the spotlight and made the literati admit that the woman was immensely talented. In her own lifetime, her career as a poet was destroyed… Read more Remembering Regency Poet Anna Barbauld
Sixteenth century queens often faced a catch-22 regarding their courtiers. They were expected to surround themselves with talented gentry, artists, poets, and muscians – but those very same men could be used against them by accusations that the queen was letting one or more of them boink her. Why else would a woman spend so… Read more The Queen’s Musician
When America began its war for independence, the Native Americas were as divided as those Americans descended from Europeans. The peoples known as the Delaware tribes (the Munsee– and Unami-speaking Lenni Lenape) were spilt almost 50/50 between supporting the British and supporting the Colonists. Some Lenape decided to take up arms against the American colonials… Read more Genocidal Acts on American Soil: The Gnadenhutten massacre
I am in a bit of a quandary. Wither do I dither, you may ask? You see, it is International Women’s Day, many women are on strike for A Day Without Women, and there are too many things I want to blog about on this topic. On the one hand, I could blog about Jane… Read more International Women’s Day and Squirrels
One of the essential plot points of Jane Austen’s revered novel Pride and Prejudice is that the opportunistic Mr. Wickham tried to elope with the 15 year old Georgiana Darcy in order to secure her dowry. It is strongly implied that this would have been a disaster, for as soon as Wickham had wedded… Read more What Would Mr. Darcy Have Done?
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!