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Another celebrity with royal descent ...

… is the actor Danny Dyer. In the new series of “Who do you think you are?” , he will be shown to have Edward III and William I as ancestors. 71 more words


Edward II & his Siblings (Part One)

Edward II was, despite what some may think, not the first or only son of Edward I and his queen Eleanor of Castile. In fact by the time of Edward II’s birth, he was the fourteenth child of potentially sixteen. 1,145 more words

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

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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