Undervalued British Historical Figure II

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Derby and Richmond, 1443-1509 Born into an illegitimate line of the Plantagenet royal family, she was foremost in  promoting the cause of her Welsh-born son, who founded the Tudor Monarchy. Her grandparents were the third son of Edward III, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and his mistress Katherine Swinford. … Read more

King’s Rebel Son

The Duke of Monmouth   Lucy Walter, a single Welsh woman of gentle birth, gave birth to a son named James on April 9th 1649 in The Hague. The father was acknowledged to be Charles Stuart, son and heir to King Charles I of Scotland and England who had been executed in Whitehall, London, the … Read more

Under-valued British historical figures

This is a series in Annals Britannica the online website  by Tom Bliss about people whose great contributions to the political, cultural, social or spiritual  life in Britain and the wider world are neglected in most accounts of British history. Granville Sharp 1735-1813 Whilst his contemporary, the orator William Wilberforce is commemorated with an imposing … Read more

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