Marla's Blog

Did Henry VI have a sex coach in his marriage bed?

An interesting article found in the Guardian in February 2019. The medieval monarch and his queen, Margaret of Anjou, were not alone at night, historian Lauren Johnson reveals Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou as depicted in the Talbot Shrewsbury book of 1445. Photograph: World History Archive/Alamy For more than eight years, Henry VI and […]

Markenfield Hall

A fellow Ricardian shared an interesting article recently, about what Richard III would recognise in today’s England. The writer of the article maintained that there were few vestiges of our landscape that he would recognise – and even rarer would be buildings that stood in his kingdom. Included were 12 pictures of buildings in use […]

Marmion Tower

This is the Marmion Tower in West Tanfield – a village close to where I live. I have known about it most of my life and driven past countless times – never knowing its significance – its link to the Wars of the Roses – until I found reference in Michelle Schindler’s research notes that […]

The Battle of Towton

Whilst I was doing the research for my novel on Richard III – ‘Renaissance – The Fall and Rise of a King’ I of course read up on the battles that took place during the Wars of the Roses.  The battle of Towton was one of the most significant battles of  ‘The Cousins’ War – […]