Reviewed: The Sister Queens, Isabel and Katherine de Valois by Mary McGrigor

Hardcover Edition Published May 1st, 2016, The History Press, 288 Pages Two sisters: born nine years apart to a mad French king during the turbulent years of the Hundred Years War, the bitter series of conflicts that set the House of Plantagenet against the House of Valois. Catherine de Valois, the beautiful young bride of … Continue reading Reviewed: The Sister Queens, Isabel and Katherine de Valois by Mary McGrigor

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‘The Only True Lancastrians’: or a Tale of Two Ladies named Blanche

There is a claim that is frequently put forward on social media, and even now on Television with the renewed interest in all thing relating to the Wars of the Roses. This is that Henry Tudor was not a 'true Lancastrian' or indeed a 'true Plantagenet'. Some even take it as far as to suggest … Continue reading ‘The Only True Lancastrians’: or a Tale of Two Ladies named Blanche

The Southampton Plot: Revelations, DNA and Implications

A plot to overthrow Henry V was betrayed on July 31st, 1415, just as the invasion of France was about to begin The leader of the plot, Richard, Earl of Cambridge, and his co-conspirators, were tried condemned and beheaded before Southampton’s Bargate on August 2nd and August 5th. Richard’s head and body were buried in … Continue reading The Southampton Plot: Revelations, DNA and Implications