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This Day Came the King of Castile

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 an heir or the election of a new Pope could shift the balance of European power as quickly and devastatingly as the […]


Malmesbury – the first capital of England? 7

I was dozily watching the first programme in the BBC 4 documentary series ‘Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings’ late last night when the presenter, Dr Janina Ramirez, said something that grabbed my full attention: “the place he treated as capital of his new kingdom [i.e. England] was near its centre – Malmsebury”. Malmsebury? Whatthenow? I had never even heard of Malmsebury, let alone of its central position in English history. […]