Richard III’s crimes against God, nature and Darwin

At the Catholic Herald Richard III, again – last time I promise Of England’s monarchs, only King John did something as monstrous, and his nephew Arthur was old enough to be a combatant and by the sounds of things probably deserved it (before being captured by John, Arthur had just besieged his own grandmother Eleanor of Aquitaine). Yet it all makes sense in some gruesome way; Richard’s coup was in order to pre-empt a takeover by the queen’s family, the… Read on

Richard III’s burial could be as poignant and beautiful as the royal wedding

From Telegraph blogs, February 4, 2013 I don’t suppose that when Richard III went into battle on August 22 1485 he imagined that in death he would become the most notorious villain in English history, nor that his grave would a century later be violated by followers of a radical heresy that had overtaken history. He certainly wouldn’t have imagined that five and a half centuries later his body, having lay under a resting spot for horseless carts,… Read on

Palm Sunday, 1461: England’s forgotten war between North and South

From Telegraph blogs, May 11, 2012 Compared to other major European countries, England is a fairly unified land. The north and south of France are quite distinct in terms of climate, geography and language; Germany is divided both north to south and east to west, a fact borne out by Misha Glenny’s recent series about German history. As for Italy, which fairly recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, the views of northern Italians on this subject are… Read on