In Dan Jones’ book on the Plantagenets, he describes Richard II as the worst of the Plantagenet kings. Certainly, Richard II’s reign ended in disaster and civil war. It was also the case that Richard… Read More »The Legacy of Richard II – Monster or Misunderstood?
In this last article in my series on the legend of Robin Hood, I’ll try to answer the question I set out to investigate – was Robin an historic figure, or just a myth? In… Read More »Robin Hood Part 4 – The Real Robin Hood
In 1295 Marco Polo returned to Europe. Amongst the many remarkable stories of his adventures, the legend of the Assassins is perhaps the most extraordinary. A fanatical order Whilst travelling east, following the silk road… Read More »The Assassins and the Old Man of the Mountain
Who was Robin Hood? Was he a real person, or just a myth? Medieval accounts are surprisingly consistent in what they say about when Robin Hood lived. They all agree that Robin Hood was an… Read More »Robin Hood Part 3 – Rebel Turned Robber
It was the summer of 1377, and the old king was dead. His grandson, a boy of just 10 years old, succeeded him as Richard II. Richard’s reign would end with his violent overthrow and… Read More »The Wars of the Roses 2-Richard II, the Boy King
In 1859 Mary Ann Evans published her first novel under the pen name ‘George Elliot’. She used a pseudonym because she did not believe Victorian society would take women as writers seriously. In the early… Read More »Women in the 15th Century – A Tale of Three Margarets
Who was Robin Hood? In the first article of this series, I looked at one the more popular narratives about the historic Robin Hood. In it I explored the possibility that Robin lived at time… Read More »Robin Hood Part 2 – Robin Hood of Wakefield