Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

If you come from a family with an official coat of arms (as opposed to one you got as a souvenir from the Renaissance Faire), chances are, you have the College of Arms to thank for it. The College, which is made up of heralds appointed by the British Sovereign, is responsible for matters of heraldry, granting coats of arms, recording pedigrees and carrying out … Continue reading Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The White Queen: My Kingdom for a Horse!

amandaandhenryforw_2646079bPreviously on The White Queen: Elizabeth remained trapped in sanctuary with her increasingly bitchy daughter. The two princes disappeared from the Tower after a botched rescue attempt, and nobody seems to know quite what happened to them, though almost everyone, including Anne, thinks Richard or one of his retainers was behind the deaths. Elizabeth and Lizzy responded in the only way they know how: by cursing the person responsible.

Elizabeth has apparently left sanctuary and arrives at a pretty home in the country, along with her two smallest moppets. She seems relieved.

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The White Queen: We All Fall Down

4476922-low-the-white-queen-710x400Previously on The White Queen: Edward died, and Elizabeth fled to sanctuary but was forced to give up both her sons (one to the Tower, the other to secret exile). Margaret started working to put her son on the throne, and Richard named himself king, to Anne’s delight.

Richard has Stanley, Buckingham, and Brackenbury lined up in front of them so he can thank them for their loyalty. Brackenbury is named Constable of the Tower, Buckingham is Lord Chamberlain, and Stanley is Lord High Constable. Not a bad deal for any of them. Margaret certainly looks pleased. Stanley also gets the Order of the Garter. They all swear their loyalty to Richard.

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The White Queen: The Kingmakers

white-queen-1x08-7Previously on The White Queen: Isabel followed George down a deep, deep well of paranoia before dying of childbed fever (or an Elizabeth-wrought curse, depending on whom you ask). George kept falling, until he was helped head-first into a barrel of wine.

Family dinnertime! A few years have evidently passed, and the kids are all teens or actual children. Elizabeth notes that Edward seems to be running a fever, but he reassures her he’s fine.

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Two Crowns

Care for a coronation? On July 6 two of England’s most famous (and infamous) kings ascended the throne or were crowned. First, in 1189, was Richard the Lionheart, who’s become legendary for his military prowess (which, in some cases, was particularly brutal). The road to the throne was a rocky one: Richard was involved in several rebellions against his father, Henry II, in an effort … Continue reading Two Crowns