Lambert Simnel was a boy who was picked by a priest named Richard Simon to pretend to be King Edward IV’s nephew Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick. If this had been true, he would have been a serious rival to the throne on the Yorkist side of the Wars of the Roses and seriousContinue reading “Fun Fact: Lambert Simnel”
Oliver Cromwell became the king-like Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland after the execution of King Charles I. However he was a very distant cousin of the Stuarts and the Tudors. Oliver Cromwell was descended through a illegitimate daughter of Jasper Tudor, King Henry VII’s paternal uncle.
The royal house known as the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha has had many royal thrones. Through it’s history members of the house have been King of Great Britain and Ireland, King of the Belgians, King of Portugal, Prince of Bulgaria, Tsar of Bulgaria, and Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Ireland never had a true king (rather smaller ones over different regions) over the whole island nation until the English took over. Even after that, most English monarchs were never called “King of Ireland” but instead were called Lord of Ireland. King Henry VIII was the first English monarch to use the title King ofContinue reading “Fun Fact: First King of Ireland”
Prince of Wales Henry Frederick died at the age of 18 of typhoid fever. He was considered by many to be a bright and promising heir to his father King James I. The nation considered his death a tragedy, and were especially mournful in comparison to other previous heirs who died too soon. His youngerContinue reading “Fun Fact: Prince Henry Frederick”