Tag: Stuarts

The Warming Pan Incident

Practically everyone in England hated James II.  He was wildly unpopular.  He had fathered two grown daughters before he became king and they were duly raised as good Protestants.  Then he had the temerity to convert to Catholicism.  Everyone suspected it, but when he married Italian princess, Mary of Modena, it was pretty much confirmed. […]

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Sir John Harington

In my “historic towns” series, I discussed the village of Exton in Rutland, and one of its key historical figures, John Harington, 1st Baron of Exton, favourite of James I of England and guardian of Elizabeth of Bohemia. Just because of the link, I decided to expand and write about Harington’s contemporary and relative, the […]

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William Shakespeare

It isn’t known exactly when William Shakespeare was born, however he was baptised on 26th April 1564, In Stratford-Upon-Avon. Historians have estimated it to be the 23rd, and so his birthday is generally attributed to that day. William was the third of eight children and the eldest surviving son born to John Shakespeare, an alderman […]

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James Francis Edward Stuart

James Francis Edward Stuart was born on 10 June 1688 to James II of England (James VII of Scotland) and his second wife Mary of Modena. He had eight half brothers and sisters, by his father’s first wife, Anne Hyde of whom only two survived infancy and reached adulthood, his older sisters Mary and Anne. […]

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