Yesterday I met one of the living women that I admire most.  She is not universally liked, but in years to come, people will look back at her and acknowledge just what a dfiference she has made.

Nicola Sturgeon.

I may not agree with every single policy she has, we all have our own opinions on some things, but I truly admire her integrity and, well basically, ballsiness.

She stands shorter than me, and I am only 5′ tall, but will stand up to anyone who wants to  challenge her, however big or small they are and whether man or woman.  She doesn’t let criticisms faze her, she treats it like water off a duck’s back.  In effect, she doesn’t give a shit if people don’t like her, she will carry on to do what she intends to do.  I honestly believe she will be looked back on as a heroine in history.




The news is full of talk about the anniversary of the death of Shakespeare which is thought to have been today.  He was a great playwright, IF he wrote the plays that he is credited with.

There is a train of thought that he stole some of his plays from another and passed them off as his own.  Many also see him as a great Tudor propagandist, making history sound the way they want it to sound.  As the saying goes, history is written by the victor !

A little known fact is that it is also the anniversary of the death of another poet, in my mind a far more likeable one, William Wordsworth.

He died in 1850 at the ripe old age of 80 years young.

Far less well known, though his poems are so much nicer to read and let your mind wander with, try it !

Birth and death

Today is the 90th birthday of our ruling monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, I am sure everyone has noticed !

She was delivered by caesarean in the early hours of 21st April 1926 to the then Duke and Duchess of York, in the house of her maternal grandparents in Mayfair, London.  Never could anyone have imagined on that morning, what her future would hold.

A mere ten years later, she would be catapulted into the role of heir to the throne, when her uncle abdicated and her father became King.  We can only wonder at what  ten year old girl would make of this change in her fortunes.

As we widely know she came to be Queen on her beloved father’s death in 1952 and the rest as they say, is history.

A far less well known fact about today is that it is also the day, in 1509, that King Henry VII died and the eighteen year old Henry VIII came to the throne.

Henry VII is a divisive figure in history, many either love him or hate him.  Of course many see him as a usurper, though others think he rid England of a usurper.  My personal feelings are more that he was controlled and pushed to a great measure by his mother, Margaret Beaufort, who really seemed to be the power behind the throne at the time.

While doing work on my family tree, I often found it intriguing when relatives were born on the anniversaries of another reltives death.  Maybe it is just my morbid curiosity and belief in past lives, but I always wondered if it was a way of a soul being reincarnated on the same date that they had previously died.  Would that mean that Queen Elizabeth could be a reincarnation of Henry VII many generations later?  Who knows !

In any case, a very happy birthday to Queen Elizabeth today.  I hope I am as sprightly as you if I get to live to be 90 !!!!


Edward IV

Today is the anniversary of King Edward’s death in 1483.  It set off a train of events that led to the Plantagenets losing the throne to the Tudors on the field at Bosworth, just over two years later.

Some facts are well known, though others are open to interpretation.  He died on this day, though what he died from is debated in some circles.  The usual reported fact is that he died from a cold that he caught while out fishing or hunting a few days previously.  Other ideas are that he died from obesity or even poisoning.  His wife, Elizabeth, was by his side when he expired, by all accounts, with his Mistress Jane Shore nearby.

His brother George had been executed for rather unclear reasons, usually simply referred to as ‘treason’, a few years before, so his youngest brother Richard, who had always shown exemplary loyalty to Edward, was called upon to be the Protector of the throne for the next King, Edward V.  Elizabeth is said to have reluctantly agreed to this as her husband lay on his deathbed, though she did delay sending a messenger north to tell her brother in law of the King’s death.

He was informed, by Lord Hastings, and rushed to travel south and take up the ordered role, as he had always rushed to Edward’s orders.  He did stop on the way at York to arrange and take part in a requiem mass for the soul of his brother, before meeting the new young King on the way and travelling to London with him.

Some of the entourage of the King was arrested and imprisoned, the reasons for this depend on your interpretation of the evidence.  The reasons for the Dowager Queen rushing off into sanctuary at Westminster are also quite erroneous, there was not any clear evidence of enmity between Richard and Elizabeth before now, so seeing it as a little showboating, I think is ok.

The young King was taken to the Tower of London, which many see as imprisoning him, but if you look at the history of the time, the Tower was a palace, not the prison that it would become in the hands of Henry VIII, many years later.  The new King’s own sister, Elizabeth, would stay there many times, including the night before her coronation and she actually went there to give birth to her youngest daughter Katherine.  It was traditional at the time that Monarchs travelled to their coronations from this place and when he was taken there it would not have been strange to the young boy, he probably expected it.  There is no evidence that he was housed anywhere but in the royal apartments there.

The next few months are again controversial, and I do not think that I need to go over them for anyone, most people have differeing views on what happened and my views will go into a future book (when I have time to write it!).

Needless to say, Richard became King and ruled for two years before the Tudor threat came to the English shores.  And they met at Bosworth, and…….well the rest as they say, is history.  The Plantagenets were beaten, by battle or treachery, whichever way you look at it, and the Tudors took power.

So Edward may have brought the Yorks into power, but his death on this day, also began the downfall of his wider Plantagent family from the throne.



David Baldwin

I have just heard of the death of this wonderful author.  I have spent many hours dissecting his always interesting books.

Cancer has taken yet another of our countries’ talented people, way too early.  I send my condolences to his family and hope that he rests in eternal peace.