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“Eleanor, the Secret Queen” by John Ashdown-Hill

Eleanor Talbot,
the woman who put Richard III on the throne.

 

When Edward IV died in 1483, the Yorkist succession was called into question by doubts about the legitimacy of his son, Edward (one of the ‘Princes in the Tower’).

 

The crown therefore passed to Edward’s undoubtedly legitimate younger brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. But Richard, too, found himself entangled in the web of uncertainty, since those who believed in the legitimacy of Edward IV’s children viewed Richard III’s own accession as a usurpation.

 

From the day when Edward IV married Eleanor, or pretended to do so, or allowed it to be whispered that he might have done so, the House of York, previously so secure in its bloodline, confronted a contentious and uncertain future.

 

John Ashdown-Hill argues that Eleanor Talbot was married to Edward IV, and that therefore Edward’s subsequent marriage to Elizabeth Woodville was bigamous, making her children illegitimate. He thereby offers a solution to one of history’s great mysteries.

The book

  • is the first full biography of Eleanor Talbot, Lady Butler and her marriage to Edward IV.
  • looks at Eleanor’s controversial secret history
  • unfolds the role of Eleanor in the downfall of the House of York and King Richard III by using new research results of contemporary sources

 

 

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“Richard III’s ‘Beloved Cousyn'” by John Ashdown-Hill

The first-ever biography about

John Howard

with new revelations as to why he became

Richard III’s main supporter.

 

In 1455 John Howard was an untitled and relatively obscure Suffolk gentleman.

Thirty years later, at the time of his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field, he was Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, Lord Admiral and a very rich man (and his direct descendant is Duke of Norfolk today).

 

How had Howard attained these elevations? Through his service to the House of York, and in particular to King Richard III during the setting aside of Edward V.

 

John Ashdown-Hill examines why Howard chose to support Richard, even ultimately at the cost of his life; what secrets he knew about Edward IV; what he had to do with the fate of the ‘Princes in the Tower’ and what naval innovations, hitherto ascribed to the Tudors, he promoted. Based on original research and containing previously unpublished material, Richard III’s ‘Beloved Cousyn’ is an important contribution to Ricardian scholarship.

 

  • Beloved Cousyn‘ brings out many fascinating details which have previously been overlooked
  • Contains new discoveries and interpretations and is an important contribution to discover John Howard’s central relationship with the royal house of York
  • Howard rose rapidly from Edward IV’s coronation onwards, he became knight, peer and admiral
  • The book rewrites the history of shipbuilding, outlining Howard’s naval innovations, hitherto ascribed to the Tudors

 

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“The Last Days of Richard III” by John Ashdown-Hill

The Last Days of Richard III is a new and detailed exploration of Richard’s last 150 days, based on new evidence and explores the events from the standpoint of Richard himself and his contemporaries.

 

By deliberately avoiding the hindsight knowledge that he will lose the Battle of Bosworth Field, we discover a new Richard:

no passive victim, awaiting defeat and death,

but a king actively pursuing his own policies and agenda.

 

It also re-examines the aftermath of Bosworth: the treatment of Richard’s body; his burial; and the construction of his tomb.

 

John Ashdown-Hill has produced a stimulating and thought-provoking account of the end of Richard’s life. Even readers very familiar with his short life will discover a new and fascinating picture of him.

  • Based on newly discovered evidence and wider insights, the motives underlying these events are explored from the standpoint of Richard and his contemporaries.
  • The story of why and how Richard III’s DNA was rediscovered, alive and well – in Canada.
  • Brand-new DNA research reveals those who are related to Richard III.
  • Unique analysis of Richard III’s last days, based on newly discovered evidence.

 

 

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Did he or did he not? – History and Reality – A Moment in Time

 

After a long time, I am back to do a post here on this website. The reason for that is a special day today, the 22nd of August 2018:

 

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Happy Birthday, Richard Armitage!

 

 

Servetus has a thoughtful and wonderfully insightful blog for the birthday celebrations here.

 

 

The other event that is returning today for the 533rd time is the Battle of Bosworth, where King Richard III died and which is the reason for Richard Armitage’s first name.

 

After the death of King Richard III, history and myth was not kind to the king.

That especially is a fact that grips me, as right now I have quite some of my acquaintances who – because of illness or age – are penning down their legacy and making notes how they want to be remembered after their deaths. That is not only a look and planning into an uncertain future, anticipating what might happen, but also demands a review of the life they lead, what they did, and from all their planning and working, to pin the fluidity of life down to what really worked out.

 

King Richard III never had a chance to do such a planning and at least we do not know about the review he would give his own life. Others determined, what we remember of the king and his deeds.

 

A main crime always pinned on the king, was the murder of his two young nephews, the known ‘Princes in the Tower’.

 

The main researcher for finding King Richard III, Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, before his own death finished a research into this topic, which just recently was published posthumously and I got a chance to read already.

 

I mention this book here, because its unique research does not only go into the facts, as much as we know about them, but also shows the development of ‘opinion’ and ‘myth’ around the ‘event’, if it indeed was one. The rich detail and meticulous research we are used to in the work of Dr. Ashdown-Hill, fascinates with giving a clear structure to all the rumours and suspicions, circling around King Richard III and also follows their historical progression. That in itself is a recommendable feat, if Dr. Ashdown-Hill was not already remembered in our ‘KRA-Hall of Fame’ as the historical researcher who made the finding of King Richard III possible.

 

Dr. John Ashdown-Hill: “The Mythology of the Princes in the Tower, Amberley Publishing, 2018
www.amberley-books.com
ISBN 978 1 4456 7941 9 (hardback)
ISBN 978 1 4456 7942 6 (ebook)

 

 

I have recognised that for the U.S. the publishing date is set as November 1st, 2018. In the U.K. and other regions, the book is already available. It also will come out as e-book, so please check in your region. (Embedded links here are only given for your convenience.)

 

 

The secret intimacies of Edward IV: multiple marriages and a same-sex affair?

 

History Extra (April 9, 2018)

 
The secret intimacies of Edward IV: multiple marriages and a same-sex affair? by Dr. John Ashdown-Hill –

King Edward IV. and his love-life, having an effect on the succession of King Richard III.

 


A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III’s birthday at his reburial

 

The Independent (March 27, 2015)

 
A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III’s birthday at his reburial by Christopher Hooton –

So much effort was undertaken for the re-burial of King Richard III. Still they got King Richard III’s birthday wrong in his eulogy in Leicester Cathedral.
Here a quite understandable reaction by Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, who did such extensive research about King Richard III and who enabled the finding of the grave, to be embarassed that even such a basic fact about the king was ignored.
In the debate about the finding of King Richard III, it certainly does not help, that some try to make fun of the historian Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, who did the necessary background research to enable the find. The University of Leicester, pressed into the research, did not find the king. They only provided the research equipment, personnel and know-how for coping with the search results, but not the necessary optimism, the belief, the pre-determined area where to dig and the enormous work to achieve the acceptance by the authorities to allow the dig in those areas that was necessary that the king could be found. Without Dr. John Ashdown-Hill’s pre-research and Philippa Langley, the king would have remaind where he was for over 500 years. To ignore that fact is to ignore the real circumstances of the search.

 


Richard III coffin rosary blessed at priory

 

BBC News (January 7, 2015)

 
Richard III coffin rosary blessed at priory

Historian Dr. John Ashdown-Hill gives King Richard III a special rosary on his way, which will be buried with him in his coffin.
Putting a rosary in a grave with the dead is a special Catholic tradition and a very sensitive way to uphold a ritual King Richard III might have known and appreciated.

 


What do King Richard III’s Latest DNA Results Really Prove?

 

Nerdalicious (Blog) (December 3, 2014)

 
What do King Richard III’s Latest DNA Results Really Prove? by Dr. John Ashdown-Hill –

Is Queen Elizabeth legitimate? This question was the most important for a lot of journalists, seeing the DNA research results about King Richard III.
Dr. John Ashdown-Hill now can definitely answer this question, if King Richard III can threaten a throne even more than 500 years after his death.

 


Happy Birthday & Quiz Winners Revealed !

 
 

Happy Birthday, King Richard III !

 
To be exact, happy 562. birthday !
 
KRA has no real birthday present for King Richard III, but we have three wonderful presents for our three
 

KRA-Champions 2014,

 
who won the KRA Quiz 2014:
 
KRA-Banner Quiz 2014
 

The prices for our winners are:

  • Finding Richard III: The Official Account“, by Annette Carson, Philippa Langley, Dr. Ashdown-Hill (Pb)
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  • Richard III: A Small Guide to the Great Debate” by Annette Carson (Pb)
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  • The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III“, by Philippa Langley, Michael Jones (Pb)

 
Our three winners and this year’s King Richard Armitage – Champions are:
 

  • Iwona
  •  

  • Janet Slocombe
  •  

  • Andrea Castano

Congratulations
 
 
And they really are champions.
I admit, the quiz was hard this year, really hard.
So again this year, the selection of the winners was a point decision.
Still, I hope you all had fun answering the trick- and not so tricky questions.
 
 
The solution-page unfortunately was accumulated in a bit of a rush, as I had an overly hectic month of September, but I will try to extend it with more details and background information.
 
 

Happy Birthday RA & Commemorating Richard III – The Quiz is Open !

 
 
Many of you know, that on this day, now already two years ago, a for my life important person died. So this day, with its joy about Richard Armitage’s birthday, always holds the vivid image of loss for me as well.
 
What must it have been for Richard Armitage, growing up and always being reminded on his birthday, that King Richard III lost his life on exactly that day?
 
We nonetheless hope, Richard Armitage celebrates a wonderful birthday and has an exceptional performance of “The Crucible” at the Old Vic.
 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Armitage!

 
To celebrate both, the joy and the commemoration, KingRichardArmitage is doing a new Quiz.
 
KRA-Banner Quiz 2014
 
All participants till 30 September 2014 (in all time zones around the world) will take part in the drawing.
The winners will be announced here on King Richard III’s birthday, the 2 October 2014.
 
As last year, the KingRichardArmitage-Champions will be drawn by chance among the most complete and correct Quiz entries.
 
Prices for the winners are three recently published books about King Richard III and the search in Leicester published by the restlessly and confidently pursuing team of the ‘Looking for King Richard Team’:
 

  • Finding Richard III: The Official Account“, by Annette Carson, Philippa Langley, Dr. Ashdown-Hill (Pb)
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  • Richard III: A Small Guide to the Great Debate” by Annette Carson (Pb)
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  • The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III“, by Philippa Langley, Michael Jones (Pb)

 
So it is worth to win and try your luck. Take your time, browse around and have a look around the KingRichardArmitage website, as for most of the questions the answers can directly be found on the KRA website.
 

The Quiz is Opened ! – Good Luck !

 
KRA-Banner Quiz 2014
 
 

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November 1, 2019

Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth – By Mike Ingram (HeritageDaily)


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Painted as a villain – how the Tudors regarded Richard III (by Christina J. Faraday, APOLLO.The International Art Magazine)


August 22, 2019

10 things you need to know about the battle of Bosworth (by Chris Skidmore, BBC History Extra)


June 16, 2019

Philippa Langley on RIII – Podcast: BBC Interview of 6th January, 2015 (RadioPublic.com)


February 20, 2019

Richard III: Leicester Cathedral £11.3m plans approved (by BBC East Midlands, BBC News)


October 4, 2018

The battle for Bosworth field: Historians react to decision to build on battlefield where Richard III died (by Rachel Dinning, BBC History Extra)


May 23, 2018

Richard III find historian John Ashdown-Hill dies (BBC News)


April 9, 2018

The secret intimacies of Edward IV: multiple marriages and a same-sex affair? (by Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, History Extra)


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Was Richard III a loyal brother or murderous tyrant? 60 seconds with Chris Skidmore (by Rachel Dinning, History Extra)


 

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