Happy May Day Birthday to my darling middle daughter, Buttercup! I had heard all my life that “May babies were good babies” (they weren’t fussy and were healthy) and that babies born on Beltane were a particular blessing for their parents … and particularly blessed individuals. This belief may have come to America with the… Read more Beltane Babies Are Best!
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!!
I dislike Oliver Cromwell, who born on 25 April 1599, in much the same way oceans are “damp”. That is to say, I dislike him a LOT. In fact, I loathe and detest him with the fire of 1000 suns. Why? Because he committed an ethnic cleansing, that’s why. Moreover, the people he attempted to… Read more A Monster is Born
King Edward II of England was born on 25 April 1284, the fourth son of Edward I and his first wife, Eleanor of Castile but the eldest son to survive to adulthood. Most people know more historical myths about Edward II – that he was the embodiment of the limp-wristed pouf negative stereotype like in… Read more Happy Birthday Edward of Caernarfon!
Mary, Queen of Scots wed François, the Dauphin of France, at Notre Dame de Paris in a lavish ceremony (did they have any other kind for a royal wedding??) on 24 April 1558. The young couple, who had been raised together since Mary was 5 years old and the Dauphin only 4, seem to be… Read more Mary Marries Merrily
The 23rd of April is St. George’s Day, and there is all kind connections between Saint George and the pre-Christian god The Green Man from the Anglo-Saxons to the modern era. Moreover, the Green Man and Saint George are important in the Islamic religion as well. When I was reading about ancient Yahwistic religious beliefs… Read more Saint George, the Oak, the Green Man, and Monotheism
I love thoughtful reviews like this one: it critiqued, analyzed, and dissected my book … yet still enjoyed my book and thought it was well written! Carole in Canada on April 20, 2017: In order to fully appreciate this book, I re-read Mansfield Park for the second time after many years. I liked the book… Read more An Amazing Review; Thank You!
French Admiral Pierre-Charles-Jean-Baptiste-Silvestre de Villeneuve committed “suicide” on 22 April 1806 while a prisoner of the English by stabbing himself in the right lung six times and once through the heart. Villeneuve was in command of the French and the Spanish fleets that were defeated by Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, but his early… Read more Suicide by Seven Stab Wounds
Henri II of Navarre was born on 18 April 1503 to Queen Catherine and King John III. Ferdinand II of Aragon invaded Navarre in 1512 and claimed kingship for himself. In spite of Navarre’s struggles for independence and a failed reconquest attempt of Navarre in 1516, Ferdinand’s grandson Charles V continued to proclaim himself king… Read more Happy Birthday to Henri II of Navarre