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Penny for the Robert…

Bonfire night

Everyone’s heard of Guy Fawkes. Let’s face it, we’ve all chanted, “Penny for the Guy…” and watched fireworks popping in the sky because of him. However, what many people forget is that he wasn’t the only person involved in the Gunpowder Plot. Far from it! In fact, the real mastermind behind the conspiracy was a…

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The Wars of the Roses – The Final Thorny Exchange

The Battle of Bosworth Field, 1485; the end of 331 years of Plantagenet rule, and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty. As if it were staged for a soap opera, it had everything from politics and treachery, to brutality and brinkmanship. If one chucks in a slain king whose body is found over five hundred…

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For a king in all but name? White Rose Day…

Heard of The Old Pretender? If you haven’t, think troubled political times, Jacobites, and James Francis Edward Stuart. Anyone who fought as a Jacobite back in the early Eighteenth Century was loyal to Catholic James and his line of successors. But what’s that got to do with the title of this piece? Simply that 10th…

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Jack Cade’s Rebellion

Jack Cade's Rebellion

The Kentishmen revolt against Henry VI  By the year 1450, people had started to get pretty fed up. The seemingly endless Hundred Years War with France had drained the royal coffers and Henry VI was pursuing a none-too-popular taxation policy. But in addition to this, his own officials’ greed was also taking its toll, whilst…

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The Battle of Barnet 1471 – Pivotal and Impactful

Battle of Barnet 1471

As battles during the Wars of the Roses go, Barnet may not have had the final say but it was certainly impactful. It was a clash where the Yorkist Edward IV pitted his wits against his Lancastrian foe, the Earl of Warwick, and decisively won. But as battles during the Wars of the Roses also…

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The Lordship of Hexted – Reformed and Royally Loyal

Lordship Title of Hexted

If a title with a steady(ish) history but flashes of loyal fortitude is of interest… then the Lordship of Hexted is for you. Hexted (aka. Heghsted) is a title that was in active use for several hundred years, however its connection with England’s past is of greatest significance at one particular moment in history, and…

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