1377 - Richard II succeeds Edward III as king of England. Richard was only ten years old when he ascended to the throne. His father, Edward the Black Prince had died even before his grandfather, the king. Richard was the last of the Plantagenets. 1527 - Henry VIII informed Katherine of Aragon that they were not man an [More]
I found a short 5-minute video on YouTube called, "Lady Margaret" - about the life of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. It's very entertaining and educational at the same time, please take a minute to check it out as it was created by Historic Royal Palaces. It touches base on the Wars of the Roses, the impact she had on Princess Mary's (later Queen Mary I) life, her son Reginald Pole's betrayal of the King and her ultimate execution.
My fascination with Margaret Pole began after watching The Tudors television series. Margaret Pole's role in the show was minimal and only emphasized her death. I immediately started to do research on Margaret Plantagenet - to learn about her life. I also thoroughly enjoyed Philippa Gregory's book, The King's Curse, which is historical fiction about her life. Margaret Plantagenet was born in August 1473, to George Plantagenet, Duke Clarence and his wife Is [More]
1557 - Paul IV named William Peto to replace Reginald Pole in England, but Mary refused to allow Pole to return to Rome or Peto to become legate. Reginald Pole was of the strong Plantagenet family - of the House of York. His mother was Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. Margaret was the daughter of George, Duke of Clarence and Isabel (Neville), Duchess of Clarence. She was also niece to King Edward lV and Richard lll. (More info to come on Margaret) 1837 [More]
1540 - Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex arrested & imprisoned on June 19, 1540. From the son of a blacksmith to the 1st Earl of Essex, Thomas Cromwell's fortunes grew, as did his friendship with Henry Vlll. That friendship with Henry is what inevitably caused his demise. Henry Vlll was an irrational man -- Thomas did not receive a trial, and was sentenced to the axe. 1566 - King James VI of Scotland/James l of England was born on this day, June 19, 1566. Jam [More]