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Historical Britain Blog · 1M ago

Following the Tudors in exile: Part Two – Guest Post by Tony Riches

In Part One we followed Jasper and Henry Tudor’s escape from West Wales to Brittany. Now we follow events up to their return: When Yorkist agents began plotting to capture the Tudors Duke Fr...
Historical Britain Blog · 1M ago

Following the Tudors in exile: Part One – Guest Post by Tony Riches

In late August 1471 Jasper Tudor escaped the Yorkist siege of Pembroke Castle with his fourteen-year-old nephew Henry, the future King Henry VII.  Although Jasper owned a house in the nearby...
Historical Britain Blog · 1M ago

The Beginning of the Viking raids on Northumbria: Guest Post by Heidi Skarie

St. Paul’s Monastery in Jarrow, Northumbria is the setting of the opening scene of my novel, Annoure and the Dragon Ships. Jarrow is a town in northeast England on the River Tyne. Much of wh...
Historical Britain Blog · 1M ago

The Lords Appellant Part 3: The Merciless Parliament

The Merciless Parliament, convened in Feb 1388, was a successful attempt by the barons and the commons to clean house, so to speak, and bring the king totally under their control. It was ver...
Historical Britain Blog · 1M ago

The Lords Appellant Part 2: Radcot Bridge

In Part 1, we saw the first year of the Appellants’ attempt to control the kingdom by a ruling council. Richard spent most of that year traveling around the kingdom, trying to secure support...
Historical Britain Blog · 1M ago

The Lords Appellant Part 1: A Great and Continual council

Although the word appellant in modern terms refers to a petitioner appealing to a higher court, when we look at the fourteenth century the whole concept takes a left turn. First of all, you ...
Historical Britain Blog · 1M ago

Book Review: THE SONS OF GODWINE by Frank Watson

As if writing a trilogy of historical novels about one of the most important epochs of the western world wasn’t a large enough task, Mercedes Rochelle in Sons of Godwine adds an additional c...
Historical Britain Blog · 1M ago

What was Livery and Maintenance (or Retaining)?

Livery and Maintenance went hand-in-hand with chivalry, and created problems throughout the high middle ages. Once I realized that “retaining” was the verb for “retainer” I started to get th...
Historical Britain Blog · 1M ago

The Poll Tax, Part 2: The Peasants’ Revolt is sparked

As we saw in Part 1, by the Parliament of 1380, the Commons were up against the wall. The government under the new Chancellor Sudbury was desperate for money. In France, the earl of Buckingh...
Historical Britain Blog · 1M ago

The Poll Tax, Part One: The Cupboard is Bare

Although the poll tax was said to have been used all the back to ancient times, it’s most widely remembered in relation to the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. According to Wikipedia: “The word ‘po...