Category Archives: Intriguing Families

Intriguing history of the families of England and Britain and their names and surnames.

Richard III Illegitimate?

Richard III Illegitimate?

Richard III Illegitimate?

In August 2012, the University of Leicester, the Richard III society and Leicester City Council collaborated on a project to search for the lost grave of Richard III. This was a project entered into with a spirit of hopefulness, the chances of them being successful at best fifty fifty.  King Richard III was the last English king to die in battle. History and Shakespeare has painted us a picture of Richard as a cruel and bitter man, responsible for the death of his two nephews in the Tower of London, whose own death gave way to the Tudor monarchs. His life lived out in the turmoil of the War of the Roses.

The excavation in the centre of Leicester uncovered not only the friary of Grey Friars but also a battle-scarred skeleton with spinal curvature. In 2013, 528 years after he was placed in the ground, in what is thought to have been a rather unceremonious interment, the University of Leicester was able to announce to the world’s press that these were the remains of King Richard III.

As further work has been carried out on the DNA of the Royal remains, another surprising piece of evidence has come to light. Play the video to find out more.

Video for Leicester University on Richard III and DNA

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Elizabeth Woodville Queen of Edward IV

Elizabeth Woodville Queen of Edward IV

Elizabeth Woodville would marry a King but her sons would end their lives imprisoned by their uncle in the tower who would become the much maligned Richard III. He was this Queen who drove a King to marry in secret and fall out with his own family?

King Richard III of England Found Facts and Fiction

King Richard III of England Found Facts and Fiction

Richard III found in a Car Park with an Arrow in His back, can this be him, who was he and how can we distinguish him fact from fiction and the character assasination given him by William Shakespeare?
(This post will be updated, original posted in 2012.

Hampshire ‘Feet of Fines’

Hampshire ‘Feet of Fines’

‘Feet of Fines’ documents for Hampshire date back to 1199 and give surnames and placenames of people living in Hampshire in the Medieval period. These are important resources for Hampshire History and help to build a picture of community and settlement…

England as an Heptarchy

England as an Heptarchy

7 Kingdoms Making 1 England with Alfred uniting the enterprise and the Vikings creating the climate in which English Unification was a better option that continuing domination of the Vikings. The Kingdoms hold the key into how these regions fought and conquered and rose up against the invaders to reverse the fortunes of England and set in place what would hold until the Norman Conquest, how would we turn the corner and become one people as Bede had alluded to…

King Ine of Wessex 688-726

King Ine of Wessex 688-726

King Ine started British Law Code and ruled in Wessex, founding the stone church at Gastonbury Abbey and abdicating to go on a pilgrimage Rome, He did not expand his dominion of Wessex but he made other notable contributions and was committed to the early Christian Church.

Harthacnut King of the Danes and the English

Harthacnut King of the Danes and the English

Harthacnut son of Emma and Cnut, short lived Kingship a stepping stone to Edward the Confessor…

Henry III Plantagenet King 1207-1272

Henry III Plantagenet King 1207-1272

His father King John was not much of a role model, so how would his son inheriting at just 9 years of age cope? He started with guidance of great statesmen but would he be governed by their wise council? What would Henry III contribute to the development of a nation…