Category: England

The Eleanor Crosses

Edward I of England and his queen, Eleanor of Castile, were deeply devoted to one another.  Their marriage, like most marriages at the time, was pure rooted in pragmatic politics.  Henry III, Edward’s father, was having a dispute with Eleanor’s half brother Alphonso over claims to the duchy of Gascony.  A deal was struck that […]

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Green children of Woolpit

  The village of St. Mary’s of the Wolf Pits, or Woolpit for short, was a quiet little place in Suffolk, East Anglia.  In the Middle Ages, the village belonged to the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, which had great wealth and power in the area.  It was in a very densely populated agricultural area […]

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Titus Oates and the Popish Plot

Titus Oates was a giant liar, and had been a giant liar all his life.  He was born at Oakham in Rutland on September 15, 1649.  His father was a minister who started out in the Church of England and became a Baptist briefly during the Puritan Revolution and fought with the New Model Army. […]

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The Crippen Murder

Hawley Harvey Crippen was a meek little man with a big problem.  His wife was a cheating, gold digging narcissist.  To complicate matters, he was in love with another woman.  How did he get into this predicament? Crippen was born to a prosperous family in Coldwater, Michigan in 1862.  Despite the fact the family was […]

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Sophia Dorothea of Celle- The Lady in the Tower

Born the only child of the Duke George William of Brunswick-Lüneburg in 1666, Sophia Dorothea was illegitimate.  Her mother was the Duke’s long standing mistress, Éléonore Marie d’Esmier d’Olbreuse, an exiled French Protestant aristocrat.  They weren’t even supposed to be together, and Sophia Dorothea was not supposed to exist. George William was supposed to marry […]

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