John Ashdown-Hill in the BBC History Magazine

The secret intimacies of Edward IV: multiple marriages and a same-sex affair? 

King Edward IV is remembered by many for his role in the Wars of the Roses, the 30-year struggle between the Houses of Lancaster and York for the English throne, and for his relationship with Elizabeth Woodville.

Here, historian John Ashdown-Hill re-examines what is known about the private life of the monarch, from his possible bigamy to secret same-sex intimacies, and questions many ‘facts’ traditionally assigned to the first Yorkist king of England…

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Evidence of the Accommodation used during Royal Visits to Leicester, 1460-1485

There is a popular legend that, prior to the battle of Bosworth, King Richard III spent the night of 20-21 August (and possibly also the night of 19-20 August) in Leicester, at an inn, later known as the ‘Blue Boar’, but which at that time may have been called the ‘White Boar’ in Northgate Street, a fine timbered building in the town centre. The implication behind this story appears to be that, since the inn bore Richard’s own personal badge as its sign, it may have had some pre-existing connection with the king.

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Interview with the Wars of the Roses Catalogue

Your books have been described by many as ‘fresh, very detailed and well researched and written’. Could you share with us a little about the process of writing ‘The Dublin King’ and how long did it take you to write?

That’s quite a difficult question to answer. My interest in the true story of Edward, Earl of Warwick, was inspired in 2013, when I was writing my book THE THIRD PLANTAGENET, on his father, the Duke of Clarence. But I had begun exploring the story of Lambert Simnel earlier than that. And some of my research on the so-called ‘princes in the Tower’ – including the discovery of the 1483 Colchester document which refers to Edward V as the ‘the late’ - dates back to 2003/4! But once I had formulated the concept of THE DUBLIN KING, actually writing it took me about nine months.

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More on the Crown for the Reburial of Richard III

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John met the jeweller in London last Wednesday to discuss the jewels for the crown.

The design has been modified once more. The original plan had been to use only rubies and sapphires (being the colours of the Yorkist livery). However, Richard III is known to have wanted to acquire an emerald and an anonymous donor has given a couple of cabochon emeralds for the crown! Medieval crowns were not systematic in the colours of their jewels and the emeralds will fit nicely on the front and back crosses.