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King of the Car Park!


Yeah, I figured he might feel a bit left out at this point.

No doubt you’ve already heard the news about the Richard III identification, so I put together a linky little post for you, to get lots of Rich-III-dig info in one spot. Is some of that info comedy? Of course it is, because you know what you’re dealing with on my blog, don’t you!

To start, we have a video from University of Leicester on the reveal of the results, as well as a slideshow of the bones and facial reconstruction efforts. These videos show the discussion of “the Greyfriars Project” to begin with last August, the process of the geneological research, the removal of a tooth for DNA analysis, and the “humiliation injuries” his corpse suffered.

There’s a nice visual breakdown of the findings here and a shot of the king’s skeleton before it was removed for study.

For a chuckle amongst the exciting news, have a look at:

Whether you’re a Tudorphile, a Ricardian, a fan of other dynasties/families…We’re all together during this incredible time in history. I love that! I hope you all enjoyed the information unfolding — a rare thing and yet here we are!


To Be or Not to Be Richard III?


I couldn’t help but get Grumpy Cat in on the flurry of excitement. Or at least, try to. =D

Tomorrow at 10:00 GMT, via BBC Radio Leicester, the long-awaited news will come in reference to the DNA-tested bones beneath the Leicester car  park. Do they belong to Richard III, or no? We shall find out!

Life After Tudors

James VI of Scotland, I of England and Ireland...

James VI of Scotland, I of England and Ireland Deutsch: James I. (1566-1625) mit dem Sancy-Diamanten an der Hutkrempe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With Liz I’s death in 1603, the Tudor line ended and the Stuart line began with James I. Well, he was James VI of Scotland, but became James I of England and Ireland.

Follow me, here: Scotland had had a separate monarchy since the 9th century, when it became its own country. There were five King Jameses there before Liz’s future heir became Scotland’s king. He was only 13 months old when his mother, Mary Queen of Scots, was whisked away and imprisoned. She later fled to England where she spent 19 years and then became about a foot shorter.

Little James VI had adults to rule for him, of course, until he reached the age of majority, but he was technically the king of Scotland for 36 years before swinging on down to London as the new top dog. And since England had never had a King James previously, he became James I there.

Why do we sometimes see Life After Tudors spelled “Stewart” rather than “Stuart”? It was “Stewart” originally, from way back in the 9th century, but James’ mom, Mary Q of S, actually grew up in France. There was no “w” in the French alphabet at the time, and she would have spelled it “Stuart.” 

Scotland and France were BFFs during the Tudor period, and occasionally beyond that, so “Stewart” and “Stuart” were used interchangeably to describe that post-Tudor dynasty, depending on whether the Scots and the French were playing nicely. Now it is usually spelled “Stuart.” Either way, it spelled d-r-a-m-a  f-r-e-e  for the most part, until the Gunpowder Plot a few years later.