On This Day: A Royal Duke Drowned in Wine – Alli Templeton

The Plantagenets had some remarkably interesting ways of killing each other. They invented some of the most vile methods of execution ever and they didn’t confine their creative efforts to “the bad guys.” They also happily killed each other. By the time the Tudors came to power, there weren’t a lot of Plantagenets left — and by the time Elizabeth I was finished with her long reign, there were effectively none. I’ve always felt the family urgently needed group counseling, suggesting that sending an army to usurp dad might not be the best way to resolve family issues. Alas, there were no family therapists wandering around medieval England.

On this day, 18th February in 1478, a royal duke was executed for treason at the Tower of London. George, duke of Clarence was the brother of King Edward IV, but the relationship between the royal siblings had been fraught with friction for years. Their problems were probably intensified by the turbulence and uncertainty of the Wars of the Roses, a time when no relationship was hallowed and no head was safe on its shoulders. Worse still, treason against a brother was shocking enough during the Middle Ages, but George was guilty twice over. Clarence’s story is one of frustrated ambitions, twisted loyalties and dicey power grabs that played out against a backdrop of bitter civil war. Little wonder, then, that the way he met his end is cloaked in mystery. What is known, however, is that he was neither beheaded nor hanged, the usual methods of dispatching the…

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  1. Thanks for the reblog, Marilyn! Also, sorry I’m hardly around in the blogsphere at the moment, but I’m up to my ears with preparing for my dissertation as well as having the kids at home all the time. I was hoping to get at least a couple of posts out before June (when the big piece of work is due) not least because, of course, I’m paying for the site. At least I’ve managed one so far! But I’m glad you enjoyed it. Hope you’re all keeping safe and looking forward to catching up properly as soon as I can breathe again. In the meantime, all the very best to you and yours. 🙂 ❤


    • I seem to be spending ALL my time trying to get vaccinated. One day, I’ll get to go “out’ again!

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      • I hope you get the jab soon, Marilyn, I’d have thought you’d be near the top of the list. As for going ‘out’ again – we all feel like that. I’ve almost forgotten what its like to actually go somewhere. Seems an impossible dream even to go to a castle at the moment. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that you can emerge into the light again soon. 🙂


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