Edward V of England: Prince in the Tower

This article is a quick, uncluttered review of the basic facts. He succeeded to the throne when his father King Edward IV died in 1483, but he was never crowned. He reigned—not ruled—for only 77 days, until his uncle Richard usurped the throne.

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Henry VI of England

This short article is an uncomplicated review for students of Shakespeare and history. Succeeding his father at nine months young in 1422, and growing up extra-pious, Henry was a Lancastrian who was not fit for the hard-hitting politics of fifteenth-century kingship. He suffered from bouts of mental illness. He died (was killed) in 1471.

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Richard III, King of England

This article is divided in two parts: (1) the basic facts about his life (2) and a discussion of his (possible) involvement in the death of his two nephews, the Princes in the Tower. The post is ideal for students of Shakespeare and Richard’s detractors and defenders.

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Essential Records of a Key Virginia Orphans Court, Part 2 (1692-1739)

Henrico county (“shire”) of earliest Virginia is key. Hundreds of names are here, and some were part of Jamestowne government. Their descendants moved all over the state and beyond. It’s almost a sure thing you can find your early ancestor here.

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Essential Records of a Key Virginia Orphans Court, Part 1 (1677-1690)

Henrico county (“shire”) of earliest Virginia is key. Hundreds of names are here, and some were part of Jamestowne government. Their descendants moved all over the state and beyond. It’s a sure thing you can find your early ancestor here.

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