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The Notorious Piers Gaveston

Piers Gaveston was born in Gascony c1284. Having taken a liking to the young man, Edward I placed him in the household of his son and heir, Edward of Carnarvon, as an example of the kind of man the king wanted his son to become: manly, athletic, likeable, and self-assured. 1,084 more words


On Christmas Eve, 1950, Scottish Nationalists broke into Westminster Abbey and carried off an oblong block of red sandstone called, in Gaelic, Lia Fail. Also known as the Stone of Scone and the Stone of Destiny, the kings of Scotland had been crowned sitting atop it since about the ninth century AD (although not in the coronation chair pictured, as that didn’t come into being until 1301). 147 more words


The king's sister - the life of a medieval princess

In a previous post I have discussed the challenges facing Eleanor of Castile – specifically that of presenting her husband, Edward I, with a male heir. 2,117 more words


Edward II & the Holy Oil of St Thomas Becket

The coronation of a king is a sacred affair marking a moment of great divinity and splendour. It is a highly crafted event. The medieval mind was a superstitious and devout one, and then more than now, the coronation literally as well as spiritually heralded the moment when the king was set above his people by the ordinance of God. 1,379 more words

Half-Brother to the King: Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent

Edmund of Woodstock’s trajectory would likely have been familiar terrain to the more famous Beaufort clan of the Wars of the Roses. Brother to a king, Edmund’s fortunes were tied to his relationship with the throne and, as a younger son, he was dependent on his own performance, ability and strategic marital alliance. 1,469 more words

The House Of Plantagenet

Edward I's Welsh Crusade

Any journey to Europe to visit medieval castles is incomplete without a trip to the Welsh countryside to appreciate arguably the most impressive ring of fortifications from the middle ages. 2,026 more words

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Brought to bed of a daughter? Try again!

One of the things a medieval queen was expected to provide her husband with was a male heir – and preferably a spare. For a medieval king to have only female heirs caused a number of problems, primarily that of convincing the male barons to swear allegiance to a woman. 1,728 more words