1154 – Henry II becomes King of England.  Also known as Henry Plantagenet, ruled as Count of Anjou, Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquitaine, and Lord of Ireland.  He was married to the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine. One of the major international events surrounding Henry during the 1160’s was the Becket controversy. To find out more lordship titles from the reign of…

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1857– Sheffield F.C. the world’s oldest association football club still in operation, is founded in Sheffield, England. At Manorial Counsel whenever we read or hear about Sheffield we immediately think of Hallam.  Hallam is the oldest recorded manor dating back to 100 AD, it incorporated Sheffield.  It was so big that it was eventually portioned out. For more…

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1642– Battle of Edgehill First major battle of the First English Civil War. It was fought near Edge Hill and Kineton in southern Warwickshire.  Both King and Parliament raised large armies to gain their way by force of arms.  King Charles decided to march on London in order to force a decisive confrontation with Parliament’s main army, commanded by the Earl of Essex.…

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1720 – Caribbean pirate Calico Jack (John Rackham) is captured by the Royal Navy.  Calico Jack was an English pirate captain operating in the Bahamas and in Cuba during the early 18th century.  He is best known for his design of his Jolly Rodger flag, and for having two female crew members, Mary Read and Rackham’s lover Anne Bonny.  It was deemed bad luck to have…

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