The Princes in the Tower

Reminding you all of another mystery we’re probably never going to solve until some new evidence shows up…but with any luck, that will be in the very distant future *sighs*

Today in Dead Royalty

This is the first entry in my “Tear-jerker” series. Just a few sad stories I feel need to be told…
The Princes in the Tower is a hotly debated topic in the world of English/Plantagenet/Tudor historians. I’ll let you decide their fate for yourselves.
Edward IV was a King of the House of York, crowned in 1461, deposed by the House of Lancaster in 1470, then restored in 1471 and ruled til his death in 1483. He had two sons that lived through infancy, Edward, Prince of Wales and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York. King Edward also had a younger brother, also named Richard.
In April of 1483, Edward IV suddenly died at age 40. The 12 year old younger Edward was now King Edward V and informed of his fathers death at Ludlow Castle in Wales. His father’s brother, Richard, was appointed Lord Protector of the young Edward until…

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Don’t Defame the Dead!

Here’s another great post about doing your best to respect historical figures in whatever way you discuss them and should definitely be taken to heart! 🙂

A Nevill Feast

Welcome to Don’t Defame the Dead!: Nevill.

Elizabeth Wydeville – a commoner! – had the temerity to marry a king. And she is portrayed in all kinds of negative ways. Grasping; greedy; jealous; manipulative; spiteful… In one book. the Too Good to be True Heroine catches her mocking a fat servant (and that was before she married her king!) Now, I’m contractually obligated to hate the Wydevilles for the duration, but I’ve been give a day’s reprieve, so I’ll make the most of it. Edward IV was the one whose actions were dubious. He had no business (from the perspective that a king’s marriage was about more than personal choice, it was about politics, alliances and other stuff) marrying Elizabeth. A lifelong commitment might not have been his first consideration. So, what was Elizabeth supposed to do in that case? Say, “Oh, I’m far too lowly and humble to be…

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30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible

This isn’t history-related but this is so important to me as a writer (even though I’m still not a published author) so I thought I’d share this with you all if you also would like to know the English language better. 🙂


This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was originally published at

While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I often fall into a few word traps. For example, who and whom. I rarely use whom when I should. Even when spell check suggests whom, I think it sounds pretentious. So I don’t use it.

And I’m sure some people then think, “What a bozo.”

And that’s a problem, because just like that one misspelled word that gets a résumé tossed into the “nope” pile, using one wrong word can negatively impact your entire message.

Fair or unfair, it happens.

So let’s make sure it doesn’t:

Adverse and averse

Adverse means harmful or unfavorable; “Adverse market conditions caused the IPO to be poorly subscribed.” Averse

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