Henry VII


Power and prestige in early modern Europe could turn with a rapidity that almost required belief in the divine for it all to make any sense. Titles, fortunes and crowns could be won or lost on the outcome of a single day’s fighting. The right marriage, the untimely death of […]

This Day Came the King of Castile


The red dragon against a green and white background is an unambiguous symbol of Wales. But how Welsh are these colours and how ancient is the design? I had always assumed that the Welsh Flag was an ancient design. The green and white stripes have a suitably Celtic feel and […]

The Red Dragon and the House of Tudor


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Royal sobriquets are often colourful, grandiose or emotive – Ivan the Terrible, Bloody Mary, Good Queen Bess, the Sun King or Suleiman the Magnificent. Some are obscure – William the Silent, the Universal Spider (for Louis XI of France) or John Soft-Sword. But few are as dull as Henry VII […]

Henry the Accountant – was there more to Henry VII?



In Thomas Penn’s ‘The Winter King’, Henry VII is depicted as neurotically protecting his precarious grasp on the English throne. On page 20, Penn describes the security measures the new monarch puts in place: “One of his first acts was to create a new French-style security force, three hundred strong: […]

A “French-style security force” – the origin of the yeomen of the ...


“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! Alarum. Enter KING RICHARD III and RICHMOND; they fight. KING RICHARD III is slain.” – Richard III, William Shakespeare Richard III was slain during the battle of Bosworth Field. He became the last king of England to be killed in battle […]

Battlefield regicide