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Documentary Sunday – Overnight at Hever Castle

Over time, it gets difficult to maintain a series like Documentary Sunday and post a new interesting video every week.  I usually schedule my posts to automatically update every week, but even that gets hard to do when you can’t find anything to post or when life gets in the way.  That being said, I’m going to start posting shorter videos until further notice as summer classes begin at college for me.  This is one such.

On Friday, May 19, it was the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution and historian Hayley Nolan, who does the History Review podcast, posted a video where she stayed the night in the late queen’s childhood home at Hever Castle in Kent, about thirty miles away from London.  Anne lived here during her early childhood until she was sent to school in the Netherlands and from there traveled to the court of France.  When she returned to England as an adult, she stayed here again, brushing off love letters from a smitten Henry VIII, who at the time was still married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.  Nolan got the opportunity to spend the night at Hever and shared her experience on her website, facebook and twitter.  I thought I would share it with you all as well.


Documentary Sunday – The Great History Quiz; The Tudors

In gameshow format, six leading scientists and historians will put their knowledge of the Tudors to the test, and you can follow along!  I certainly am very happy to have discovered this and had a great time playing along, and hope you all do as well.


Documentary Sunday – A Night at Hampton Court


1478 – George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence, is Executed

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Pictured above on a stained glass window at Cardiff Castle, George was the second of three living sons to the Yorkist line of the Plantagenet royal family, his elder brother being King Edward IV.  George was a turncoat during the Wars of the Roses, marrying the daughter of the most powerful man in England, the Duke of Warwick, also known as The Kingmaker, hoping to gain even more power and later sided against his own brother in favor of the deposed Henry VI.  According to George, he was the rightful heir to the Yorkist bloodline and Edward was in fact an illegitimate son, a claim that is still under scrutiny to this day.

When his younger brother Richard of Gloucester (later Richard III of England) married Anne Neville, sister to his wife Isabel, the lands of Warwick were up for grabs; with the Kingmaker dead, his lands fell to George as husband to the eldest daughter, but his claim would be forfeit should his wife die before her sister.  When Isabel did die on 22 December 1476, most likely due to childbirth complications, George looked for someone to blame, believing his wife had actually been poisoned by one of her ladies-in-waiting, whom he took to trial and executed after bullying the jury into handing out a conviction.  He then led yet another rebellion against King Edward.  About a year later, the king reluctantly ordered his brother’s execution for treason.  He was found guilty in a trial he did not attend and was privately executed at the Tower of London on this day in 1478.  No one knows the real method of execution used on the Duke, but legend says that he was drowned in a vat of his favorite wine.

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Posted by on February 18, 2017 in British Royalty, Wars of the Roses


1533 – Henry VIII Marries Anne Boleyn

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The wedding was conducted in secret at the now lost Palace of Whitehall in London, at a time where, according to the Catholic Church in Rome, Henry was still married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, the official annulment being declared on the 23rd of May.  According to Nicholas Harpsfield, writing at the time of the reign of Henry’s oldest daughter Mary I, only four people were in attendance, with the king telling the minister that he had a license to be wed despite not showing it, claiming it was in another location for safekeeping.  Anne may have already been pregnant at the time, as evidenced by the fact that her only living child, the future Elizabeth I, was born just eight months later on 7 September; another reason for a secret marriage.  By March, when he questioned Henry about the rumors of a royal wedding being planned for Easter, even the Archbishop of Canterbury was shocked to hear from the king himself that he was already married!

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Posted by on January 25, 2017 in British Royalty, The Tudors, Today in History


Documentary Sunday – Fit To Rule; The Stuarts to the Hanoverians

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Posted by on November 13, 2016 in British Royalty, Documentary Sunday


1566 – James VI of Scotland (AKA James i of England) is born

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The son of Mary, Queen of Scots and her second husband ascended to the throne as an infant after the abdication of his mother.  Despite his great uncle Henry VIII taking great pains in his lifetime from keeping the Scottish Stuarts away from the throne, James was promoted to King of England when his cousin Elizabeth I died without an heir in 1603, effectively merging the two kingdoms (which would later be called Great Britain).  When he gained the kingship, one of his first acts was to rebury his executed mother in Westminster Abbey with the honors of a queen, which she had not recieved in life.  The first English settlement in the New World of the Americas, Jamestown, Virginia, was named in his honor before his death in 1625 at the age of fifty-eight.

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Posted by on June 19, 2016 in British Royalty