Henry FitzRoy: a product of Henry VIII’s lust for Bessie Blount

Henry FitzRoy, the only acknowledged illegitimate son of Henry VIII, was born on the 15th of June 1519.  As Cardinal Wolsey sent the boy’s mother, Lady Elizabeth Blount, to live in the prior’s house of the Priory of St Lawrence in Blackmore, Essex, before her pregnancy became visible to court,...

Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

Today is another anniversary of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon.  Henry married his brother’s widow nearly six years after they had originally been betrothed, and almost 7 years after Prince Arthur’s death.  The wedding took place in a private ceremony in the queen’s closet at Greenwich Palace, and...

“The Field of the Cloth of Gold”

On the 7th of June 1520, the sensational meeting of Kings of England and France occurred near Calais that was to become known to history as “The Field of the Cloth of Gold”. This luxurious meeting became the standards to which international peace treaties were measured in many years to...

Poems of Anne Boleyn’s feelings before and after her coronation

During the coronation procession as Anne sees the people’s gloomy faces What shall this day bring to me, June?  A brilliance with every summer hue:  The cloud-white dream of happiness, Shot with the primrose sunshine through… Or shall my coronation bring me pain, People do not want me, their stillness...

Death of Henri d’Albert, King of Navarre

On the 25th of May 1555, Henri d’Albert, King of Navarre, died at Hagetmau.  Nicknamed Sangüesino of his birth at Sangüesa (a city in Navarre 44.5 kilometers from Pamplona), he was the King of Navarre from 1517, after the passing of his father, King John III, in 1516. Before Henri’s...

An isolated realm of bliss

This is a poem about my current feelings written in a whimsical style with great imagery.  Those who know my life story well will understand what I mean to say in this poem. There is a little isle amid bleak seas – An isolated realm of garden and bliss, It circled...

The Muse for Coleen and Olivia

To J. C. Plummer (Coleen), who is my American friend and co-author of our Robin Hood Trilogy.   This poem is about the artistic Muse of two friends and co-authors, who communicate online because they live on different continents. Tender, warm breezes of creativity come In linking crescents, light and fleet,...

Earth smiles in its happy dreaming…

This is my new poem about what I want to feel and have in the future.  Those who know my life story well will understand what I mean very well.  Sometimes, poetry says personal things more powerfully and succinctly than prose. A flush, a glow on the winter skies of...

The Muse for true art lovers

A poem to my friend – J. C. Plummer, an American historian.  Written in the lush and a bit whimsical Renaissance style, this poem is about the rare artistic spirits which are not understood by the modern world. Oh, Coleen! Such a glorious and artistic creature! This filthy world does...

Coronation of a Tudor Boy King

A Boy King Henry VIII died on 28 January 1547, leaving his son, Edward Tudor, to inherit the English throne. At first, Henry’s death was a secret even to his only surviving legitimate son, Edward Tudor. His uncle – Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford – and Sir Anthony Browne escorted Edward...