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Richard III Funeral: Burial of an English King

Richard III Burial

More than two years after his remains were identified and 530 years after his death, King Richard III of England will be laid to rest (again) on March 26. Historical Significance of Richard III’s Burial This is quite likely the last burial of an English king, as modern monarchs are kings (and queens) of the United Kingdom.  There are a handful of other missing English monarchs, but the chances of finding and identifying their bodies is highly unlikely, other than

“The Musketeers” Quandary; or, a Question of Timing

The Musketeers (c) BBC

While many people have not read Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers, most people have probably seen at least one movie based off of it. They probably immediately associate swordfighting with it although, as musketeers, there really should be some guns included. They probably also think of Cardinal Richelieu as a greedy, self-serving villain and Louis XIII as an inept and easily manipulated king. As an Aside: While Alexandre Dumas was born and raised in France, he was a quarter black,

The Not-so-United Kingdom

Scotland's Facebook post

Yesterday, Scotland voted 55/45 to remain within the United Kingdom rather than separating off into an independent state that hasn’t existed since 1707. Friction on the matter has existed pretty much forever.  The Scottish see themselves as having a different culture than the English, although as someone living in the melting pot of America I have a hard time seeing it. More importantly, the rhetoric has long been in terms of being under foreign rule, much like Ireland, which eventually

And Now…Queen Elizabeth Feeds a Cow

Queen Elizabeth I of ENgland Feeds the Dutch Cow, 16th century painting

We have no idea who painted this beyond it was someone in the Netherlands around 1586. Queen Elizabeth I of England was a longtime supporter of the Dutch.  They were connected religiously, with both countries being Protestant, and also economically: the Dutch had the most lucrative trading markets in northern Europe (they create the world’s first stock exchange in 1602), and they produced large amounts of textiles made from English wool. Here, the healthy, productive cow represents the Netherlands.  Elizabeth

The Bearded Pharaonic Lady; also, Weird Popular Depictions

Statue of hepshepsut

This post spiraled off from my last post, as frequently happens. You know you’re looking at a pharaoh in ancient Egyptian artwork by looking at his hat.  There’s several different hats, but all of them are only worn by pharaohs.  Moreover, there’s a square beard also only worn by pharaohs.  That means when you see the above image, it’s got to be a pharaoh because only pharaohs have that headdress and beard. Even if that statue is a woman, which

This Week in History: Edward VI and the Nine Day Queen

Jane Grey's execution, 19th century painting

Yesterday in history, Edward VI of England died at the age of 16 in 1553 after a rule of 6 years.  Child kings rarely leave much of a mark on history, but Edward happened to rule at a pivotal time in English history.  Still, most of his impacts were more about him than actively by him. Henry VIII, His Children and First Three Wives Henry VIII’s desperation for a male heir shaped 16th century English history.  Here’s the brief version:

The War of Increasingly Distant Cousins

Kings of the War of the Roses

The term War of the Roses wasn’t used until the 18th century and not popularized until the 19th, while the war itself was fought in the 15th.  Like many wars, it had no official name at the time of conflict, but it could be described as a series of civil wars fought between the houses of Lancaster and York.  Those houses were represented by a red rose and white rose, thus encouraging the eventual romantic name. Recently, fiction author Philippa

Myth of King Tut’s Untouched Tomb; or, Psusennes I Was (Not) Robbed

If I asked random people on the street to name a pharaoh, most would say King Tut. (More than a few would probably also look at me oddly.) They wouldn’t even call him a pharaoh (much less by his full name, Tutankhamen), because we’re so used to the phrase “King Tut.” Why My Students Think Tut Is So Damn Famous Every semester, I ask my students why Tut is so gosh darn famous. A few mention he was the boy-king,