The White Ship Tragedy

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Medieval Titanic’, the sinking of the White ship on 25th November 1120, was a major event in English history. This was due to the important members onboard this ship, most notably the heir to Henry I of England, William the Ætheling.  ‘Ætheling’ is an Anglo-Saxon term that means eligible to... Continue Reading →

The Last Duke of Clarence

Name: George Plantagenet Born: 21 October 1449, Dublin Castle, Ireland Son of Richard Plantagenet and Cecily Neville Brother of Edward IV and Richard III Married: Isabel Neville, 11th July 1469, Calais Died: 18th February 1478, Tower of London Buried: 25th February 1478, Tewkesbury Abbey To start, let us clarify why this is referring to George... Continue Reading →

Henrietta Maria

Born: 25th November 1609, Louvre Palace, Paris Daughter of Henry IV of France and Marie de' Medici Married: Charles I of England, 1625 Queen Consort of England, 1625 - 1649 Died: 10th September 1669, Château de Colombes, France Buried: Basilica of Saint Denis, 13th September 1669 Henrietta Maria was born the daughter of a King,... Continue Reading →

Prince John

Full name: John Charles Francis Born: 12th July 1905, York Cottage, Sandringham Son of King George V and Mary of Teck Died: 18th January 1919, Wood Farm, Sandringham Buried: St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham History has forgotten the youngest child of George V and Queen Mary, and would have been Uncle to our current Queen.... Continue Reading →

Matilda of Flanders

Born: c. 1031, Flanders Daughter of Count Baldwin of Flanders and his wife, Adela Married: William of Normandy (Conqueror) c. 1051 Reign as Queen Consort of England: 1066 - 1083 Died: 3rd November 1083, Normandy Burial: Abbey aux Dames, Normandy Queen Consort to William the Conqueror, Matilda's life was anything but ordinary. At only 16-years-old,... Continue Reading →

George II

Full name: George Augustus Born: 10th November 1683, Hanover, Germany Son of George I of Great Britain and Sophia Dorothea of Celle Married Caroline of Ansbach, 1705 Reign: June 1727 - October 1760 Death: 25th October 1760 Burial: 11th November 1760, Westminster Abbey George II was a king of lasts. He was the last British... Continue Reading →

Alfred the Great

Born: 848/49, Wantage, Berkshire Son of Æthelwulf, King of Wessex and Osburh Married Ealhswith, 868 Died: 26th October 899 Burial: Hyde Abbey, Winchester, Hampshire, c.1100 To have gained a name like 'Alfred the Great', you have to have made a big impact during your life time, and Alfred certainly did. He was a natural leader... Continue Reading →

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