Monday, 11 February 2013

Progress on the book

Right now, I am knee deep in writing my first history book, A Thing More Glorious: A History of the British Monarchy, which will be due out later this year. A quote I love comes from King Alfred the Great of Wessex, a gifted philosopher and war leader, who reflected on the nature of happiness when he said, "In the midst of prosperity, the mind is elated, and in prosperity a man forgets himself; in hardship, he is forced to reflect on himself, even though he be unwilling."

Today is also the anniversary of the death of Henry VIII's mother, Elizabeth of York. With all the excitement over Richard III's exhumation, it's interesting to remember that as his wife, Queen Anne Neville, was ailing, there were many at court who suspected he planned to marry his young niece, Elizabeth of York, once Anne was dead. Born on this day in 1466, Elizabeth was the eldest child of King Edward IV, who had seized the English throne in 1461 during the Wars of the Roses. Her mother was Edward's beautiful but controversial queen, Elizabeth Woodville. During the Lancastrian resurgence in 1470 and again during her uncle's coup of 1483, Elizabeth of York and her family were forced to seek political sanctuary from the Church. During Richard III's reign, the beautiful but disinherited ex-princess became a central part of her mother's scheme to put her family back at the centre of power. Despite rumours that she was to become Richard's queen, Elizabeth actually ended up marrying his replacement, Henry Tudor, in the months after the Battle of Bosworth. She gave birth to their first child, Prince Arthur, nine months later and seven more children followed - including the future Margaret, Queen of Scots; Mary, Queen of France, and King Henry VIII. Elizabeth tragically died of post-natal complications on her thirty-seventh birthday in 1503. The King was said to be devastated by her passing and Thomas More helped deliver one of the eulogies.


  1. I am very excited to hear about another book and look forward to publication day! Good luck with the writing!

  2. I am linked to this blog, and I have read your posts every now and then. As a huge fan of history, I really love linking to other bloggers who write so I may learn more.

    I wish I can afford this book you're writing, it sounds interesting, and would be a lovely addition to my growing collection of books.

    I'm from the Philippines, btw. And a monarchist. Good to know you, sir!


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