Edward I comes down through history to us as a man not much given to romantic gestures. This after all, is the man who implemented being hung, drawn and quartered for treason, who expelled the Jews in 1290, and who spent a considerable part of his life hammering the Welsh and the Scots into submission (wasted effort when it came to the Scots). 1,517 more words
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Nowadays parliaments and the receiving of dignitaries are London-based, but in the Middle Ages these were held where the king happened to be.
Clipston was to see eight Plantagenet kings, and one Scots, William the Lion, from Henry II in 1181 to Richard II in 1393. 558 more words
This year marks the 710th anniversary of the execution of Scottish rebel William Wallace in Smithfield so we thought we’d take a quick look at the circumstances of that event – made famous in recent times through the movie… 308 more words