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Archbishop Thomas Becket (c1118 - 1162 - 1170 (52)) was murdered (attacked, beheaded and brained) on 29 December 1170 in his own cathedral in Canterbury, by four knights responding to the urgings of Plantagenet King Henry II (1133-1154-1189 (56)).  Even today this event is probably one of the best known in English history.

Archbishop Thomas Becket (c1118 - 1162 - 1170 (52)) was murdered (attacked, beheaded and brained) on 29 December 1170 in his own cathedral in Canterbury, by four knights responding to the urgings of Plantagenet King Henry II (1133-1154-1189 (56)). Even today this event is probably one of the best known in English history.

Katheryn de Roet-Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (c.1350-1403) was the mistress  eventual 3rd wife of Plantagenet Prince John of Gaunt. Originally a misunderstood figure in history, recent scholarship has rehabilitated Katheryn's reputation  re-affirmed her significance in English history. She is the woman from which every ruler of England since Henry V is somehow descended. Most notably she is the ancestress of the Tudor's, the Stuart's  the Windsor's.

Katheryn de Roet-Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (c.1350-1403) was the mistress eventual 3rd wife of Plantagenet Prince John of Gaunt. Originally a misunderstood figure in history, recent scholarship has rehabilitated Katheryn's reputation re-affirmed her significance in English history. She is the woman from which every ruler of England since Henry V is somehow descended. Most notably she is the ancestress of the Tudor's, the Stuart's the Windsor's.

Edward the Black Prince, so called because of the color of his armor.  D. 1376, buried in Canterbury Cathedral.  Usually depicted with a beard.

Edward the Black Prince, so called because of the color of his armor. D. 1376, buried in Canterbury Cathedral. Usually depicted with a beard.

Henry V of England weds Catherine of Valois in 1420.

Henry V of England weds Catherine of Valois in 1420.

Reblog from mediumaevum.tumblr.com: "The most popular shrine in England was the tomb of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. When Becket was murdered local people managed to obtain pieces of cloth soaked in his blood. Rumours soon spread that, when touched by this cloth, people were cured of blindness/ epilepsy and leprosy. It was not long before the monks at Canterbury Cathedral were selling small glass bottles of Becket’s blood to visiting pilgrims."

Reblog from mediumaevum.tumblr.com: "The most popular shrine in England was the tomb of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. When Becket was murdered local people managed to obtain pieces of cloth soaked in his blood. Rumours soon spread that, when touched by this cloth, people were cured of blindness/ epilepsy and leprosy. It was not long before the monks at Canterbury Cathedral were selling small glass bottles of Becket’s blood to visiting pilgrims."

because he didn't HAVE TO read history  he already had his backside firmly on the thrown.

Why Richard III May Not Have Killed the Princes in the Tower

because he didn't HAVE TO read history he already had his backside firmly on the thrown.

Shield of Henry II of France, France, ca. 1555.  The battle scene at the center is thought to depict the victory of Hannibal and the Carthaginians over the Romans in Cannae in 216 B.C., which here could be interpreted as an allusion to the struggle of France against the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth century. In the strapwork borders are the intertwined letters: H for Henry II (reigned 1547–59);

Shield of Henry II of France, France, ca. 1555. The battle scene at the center is thought to depict the victory of Hannibal and the Carthaginians over the Romans in Cannae in 216 B.C., which here could be interpreted as an allusion to the struggle of France against the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth century. In the strapwork borders are the intertwined letters: H for Henry II (reigned 1547–59);

King Richard I Cour de Loin (Richard the Lionheart) House of Plantagenet 1189 - 1199

King Richard I Cour de Loin (Richard the Lionheart) House of Plantagenet 1189 - 1199

Edward III had seven legitimate sons and three illegitimate. The more well known ones were the Black Prince, John of Gaunt, William of Hatfield, Lionel of Antwerp, Edmund of Langley, Thomas of Windsor, William of Windsor and Thomas of Woodstock.

Edward III had seven legitimate sons and three illegitimate. The more well known ones were the Black Prince, John of Gaunt, William of Hatfield, Lionel of Antwerp, Edmund of Langley, Thomas of Windsor, William of Windsor and Thomas of Woodstock.

Richard III 1483-1485  Because of the controversy over his two nephews the "Princes in the Tower" Richard was not popular. He was however a very skilled and brave King.  Richard III was the last King to die in battle, being defeated by his cousin Henry Tudor at the famous battle of Bosworth in 1485.  He was the last of the Plantagenet Kings.

Richard III 1483-1485 Because of the controversy over his two nephews the "Princes in the Tower" Richard was not popular. He was however a very skilled and brave King. Richard III was the last King to die in battle, being defeated by his cousin Henry Tudor at the famous battle of Bosworth in 1485. He was the last of the Plantagenet Kings.

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