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Robin Hood: The King is Dead

Fairly early in Robin Hood (2010, dir. Ridley Scott), King Richard the Lionhearted (Danny Huston) gets killed by a crossbow bolt during a siege. When Robin (Russell Crowe) tells a royal official about this, the man replies, “The king is dead; long live the king.” The same thing happens when Robin later tells the Queen Mother Eleanor (Eileen Atkins, doing a not too bad Katherine Hapburn impersonation). 1,441 more words


Edward III and King Arthur

From the time of Edward I English kings used the legends about King Arthur to bolster their claim to rule all the British Isles. Although Arthur was a British hero, by the thirteenth century he had come to symbolise the English, and the mythology was used, consciously or unconsciously, to unite Britons, Saxons and Normans. 864 more words

Fourteenth Century

The English Hitler?

His Majesty King Edward of England, First of that name (r. 1272 – 1307), has had a fairly good press. Biographies of him abound. The large and strong castles which he caused to be built in north Wales stand as very permanent memorials to his uncompromising policy, while his reign stands in sharp contrast to those of his predecessor, the well-meaning but lamprey-obsessed and rather dim Henry III, and of his successor, the hopelessly ineffectual and eventually horribly murdered Edward II. 1,466 more words


Harlech Castle, North Wales

Harlech Castle is located at Harlech, in Gwynedd, North Wales.  The mediaeval fortress was constructed by King Edward I towards the end of the thirteenth century, as part of his ‘Iron Ring’ of castles, built around North Wales to subdue and conquer the Welsh. 216 more words


Two Scandalous Bishops at Lichfield Cathedral - Leofwin and Walter Langton

Lichfield, in pre-Conquest times was a great see covering most of Mercia, these days its very much smaller and well worth a visit with its beautiful gospels and carved angel. 499 more words

Fourteenth Century

Castle in the Clouds

When I visited Flint Castle yesterday, I was privy to the most wonderful display of fluffy white clouds, billowing against a cobalt sky.

Flint Castle stands on the banks of the Dee estuary, in Flintshire, North-East Wales. 93 more words


Book Corner: A Palace for Our Kings by James Wright

In the heart of Sherwood Forest lies the picturesque, yet unassuming, village of King’s Clipstone. Between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries one of the very largest royal palaces ever to have graced the Mediaeval landscape stood there.

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English History