King George V and Tsar Nicholas II were very similar in appearance. Were they brothers from another mother? Well no…they were first cousins. Their moms were both sisters. Still pretty close for a 1st cousin, I look almost nothing like my own cousins.
After it became clear that his wife Catherine of Aragon would not produce a male heir, King Henry VIII infamously sought to divorce her. Many years prior, Catherine had married his older brother Arthur but the prince died shortly after marriage. The brothers’ father King Henry VII wanted to keep the alliance he had withContinue reading “Fun Fact: King Henry VIII’s Religious Defense For a Divorce”
The first completed English bible is often credited to Protestant Reformer William Tyndale. Despite his contribution of the “Tyndale Bible”, other Christians did not appreciate his views. He was executed for heresy by the Holy Roman Empire.
While King Henry VII of England made peace with Scotland with marriage of his daughter Margaret Tudor to King James IV, eventually English-Scottish relations would turn sour again especially with reign of the second Tudor king, Henry VIII. Henry VIII angered King James IV and most Scots by claiming (as many English kings did) thatContinue reading “Fun Fact: How King James IV of Scotland Died”
While most of the middle to western part of the present-day United States belonged eventually to Spain as New Spain, present-day California was also claimed by Sir Francis Drake for Queen Elizabeth I of England, though no real control ever came of it.