Thursday, April 30, 2009
Now if I can figure out how to customize the layout better, I will be a happy camper. I will be working on it. I haven't been adding any historical royal triva since I have been updating, but will very soon. I hope you all like the changes made. Some good reading and viewing recommendations.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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~Grab your current read
~Open to a random page
~Share with us two "teaser" sentences from that page somewhere in the middle
~Make sure to share the title and author of the book
~NO SPOILERS PLEASE
From: The Virgin Queen's Daughter a novel by: Ella March Chase
I am just about done with The Kings Fool and looking forward to reading this newly released novel. It looks very interesting. Some new thought in Tudor History.
In her sweepoing historical debut, Ella March Chase explores a thrilling possiblity: that the Tudor bloodline did not end with the Virgin Queen...
I am always looking for a fresh voice with a different perspective in history. I am hoping this book will fill the bill.
"Malcontents who would believe their lot would be bettered with a different ruler vie for power, not caring what ruin they leave the country in when they are through."
"It is the only way to keep the wolves away from the royal ewes, to curb rampant ambition"
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share with us two "teaser" sentences from that page somewhere in the middle
- Make sure to share the title and author of the book
- NO SPOILERS PLEASE
Today's Teaser: King's Fool A Nortorious King, His Six Wives, and the One Man Who Knew All Their Secrets~Margaret Campbell BarnesI am loving this book. This subject never gets old to me, and I always love to read a different perspective. This is written in first person by the King's fool Will Somers about his life in Henry's court with Henry and his six wives. Originally published in 1959 , now reprinted with a beautiful new cover in 2009.
" I let the pups slide down my body and, standing there motionless in the warm morning sunlight, it was as if an arrow loosed by some unseen archer had pierced my heart."
"Men turned and stared, mouths agape, and all that was decent in most of us momentarily envied him from the safe distance of our contemptible subservience to easy living."
Friday, April 17, 2009
I am currently going through my books. While doing so, I have discovered, that I have so many, I need to do a purging. So over the next few months I am going to be doing a Giveaway from time to time on this blog. Some of these books I am very fond of and would like to share with others, and some are brand new that I have never gotten around to reading. All the books I will be giving away will be by well known authors, recommended to me and if not brand new, in excellent condition. Contest rules at bottom of post. Best of Luck!
Brand new copy~never read.
1. Leave me a comment on this post with your email address. No email~no entry
2. Another entry if you post about this contest on your blog. Please leave me a link for verification.
3. Another entry if you become a follower or subscribe to this blog.
4. Sorry, due to shipping costs I can only ship within US or Canada. No international entrys please. I will ship book overnight mail so no P.O. boxes please.
To coincide with our HFBRT The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick event I have decided to do my creative post on Medieval Knighthood.
William Marshall being The Greatest Knight and my 27th great grandfather sparked a keen interest in me to explore the origins of Knighthood in the Middle Ages further.
Through my research I have learned that knight is a "gentleman soldier". Knighthood in the Middle Ages found it's genesis with the Emperor Charlemagne, King of Franks in the 8th century. It was during the Crusades in the 11th century that knights began to gain their notoriety. A well known and often legendary order of knighthood during this time was The Knights Templar; a holy order of knights which William Marshall always had an affinity towards and joined the order with instructions to the Templar's regarding his burial while on his death bed.
Basically a medieval knight was a warrior, from a middle to upper class family who was considered a protector and servant of the realm. They really held no political office, knighthood was granted by the sovereign to a selected person for some merit of achievement.
In the medieval era only the sons of a knight were eligible for knighthood. These young men who were singled out were sent off to a castle as pages, and then later squires for other knights. Around the age of 20 they would be admitted to their rank and expected to obey the code of chivalry at all times, no failure was accepted.
It would be rare, if not impossible during the middle ages for a poor man to become a knight. The heavy armor worn and weapons used by the soldier was very heavy and very expensive. The soldier needed family support to purchase his armor, and horse(s), it was not provided by the state, thus William's uncle was his sponsor and later through ransoms gained in battle or tournaments William supported himself. A knight rode into battle on horseback he was not a foot soldier.
In battle a knight would carry his colors on his horse, armor, or on a banner. This was an identification similar to dog tags used in today's military. His colors also indicated he was a knight, and if captured by the enemy was afforded military courtesy. Beginning in about the 12th century knights carried their color banners to tournaments for identification in the games.
These colors were actually the beginning elements of a family's coat of arms, which became very popular from the 12th century to present day.
Once a knight they were expected to obey the code chivalry at all times. Their social status was permanently controlled, and their lives were always under watchful eyes.
Below are the Ten Commandments of the Code of Chivalry:
1. Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all its directions.
2. Thou shalt defend the Church.
3. Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.
4. Thou shalt love the country in the which thou wast born.
5. Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.
6. Thou shalt make war against the Infidel without cessation, and without mercy.
7. Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God.
8. Thou shalt never lie, and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word.
9. Thou shalt be generous, and give largess to everyone.
10.Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this HFBRT event it's been my favorite so far. I hope you all will pick-up a copy of both The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick. I cannot recommend these two books enough. You will be in for a treat.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
George II (ruled 1727-1760)
George III (ruled 1760-1820)
George IV (ruled 1820-1830)
William IV (ruled 1830-1837)
Victoria (ruled 1837-1901)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
My featured Ancestor of the week is John "of Gaunt" 1st Duke of Lancaster/Prince of England (6 March 1340 - 3 February 1399).
I descend from this fascinating man through my 9Th great grandmother Elizabeth Brooke, the wife of Sir Thomas Wyatt.
John was the third son of Edward III the Plantagenet King of England and Philippa of Hainault. His name "Gaunt" came from the fact that he was born in Ghent, in today's Belgium. The English pronunciation is Gaunt.
John married his 1st wife Blanche of Lancaster, daughter of Henry of Grosmont in 1359. John's father-in-law died in 1361 leaving John half of his lands and the title Earl of Lancaster. Though Blanche was Henry's daughter all of the inheritance went to the husband. This tidy bequeath made John the greatest landowner in north of England. John's father Edward III, King of England made John the Duke of Lancaster 13 November 1362, leaving John well established, owning thirty castles and estates across England and France.
Poor Blanche died of the Plague in 1369 while John was at sea, leaving eight children, one who would become Henry IV King of England after the death of Richard II. Thus begins the House of Lancaster, which will bring on the War of the Roses. The House of Lancaster being represented by the red rose.
John remarried Constance of Castile, daughter of King Peter of Castile in 1371. Their daughter would become Queen of Castile by marrying Henry III of Castile. Constance died in 1394.
After the death of his 2nd wife, John was able to marry his long time mistress Katerine De Rot Swynford the widow of Sir Hugh Swynford. Katherine and John had five children together prior to their marriage in 1396 which were known as the Beauforts. These children were legitimised by King Richard II and the Church, but excluded from inheriting the throne. From Katherine and John's granddaughter Margaret Beufort later came King Henry VII who would nevertheless claim the throne at the battle of Bosworth.
From Henry the IV until present day all Kings and Queens of England descend from John of Gaunt. You can see the royal genealogy on http://www.tudorhistory.org/ .
My mother's family descends from the John and Katherine through their only daughter
Joan De Beaufort who married Ralph De Neville.
John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster Coat of Arms