House and time of the Plantagenets
Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, KG played a major role in King Richard III's rise and fall. He is also one of the primary suspects in the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower.
Boar Badge of RIchard III, found in Bosworth field.
Lady Isabel Neville was the elder daughter of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker of the Wars of the Roses, and Anne de Beauchamp, 16th Countess of Warwick. She was the wife of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence.
King Henry IV’s partially preserved head, which was separated from its body during the French Revolution, when monarchs’ graves were desecrated.
Arthur I, Duke of Brittany (1187 - 1203). Son of Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany and Constance, grandson of King Henry II. Richard I named Arthur his heir, but when Richard died his brother John seized the throne. Philip II of France recognized Arthur's claim to the throne, but later abandoned him and recognized King John instead. He was captured by King John in 1202 and vanished in 1203.
Geoffrey’s nickname, “plante de genet,” stuck, even after he married Matilda, daughter of England’s King Henry I. “Their son Henry (the II),… was to be the first of the ‘Plantagenet’ line (also known as the House of Anjou or the Angevin Dynasty).” Geoffrey and Matilda generation 29 on our family tree.
James 5th High Steward Scotland Stewart 1243 -1309 was the son of Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland. He was a Guardian of Scotland. During the Wars of Scottish Independence, he submitted to King Edward I of England. However, he joined Sir William Wallace. After the defeat of Wallace at the Battle of Falkirk 1298 he joined Robert the Bruce. James Stewart's son Walter Stewart married Robert the Bruce's daughter, Marjorie Bruce. I'll count the "greats" back from me later!
In 1314, his descendant, also named Walter, fought at the Battle of Bannockburn when Robert the Bruce defeated the English. Afterwards Walter married King Robert's daughter, Marjory Bruce. Marjory died soon after the birth of their son, Robert, and was buried in Paisley Abbey. Their son was crowned King Robert II in 1371 following the death of King David II, son of King Robert the Bruce. This was the beginning of the royal house of Stewart.
Richard the Lionheart's mummified heart analysed
The secret marriage of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville
Middleham (Home to King Richard III)
Middleham — Lost in Castles
The Wars of the Roses were a series of dynastic wars between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet:the houses of Lancaster and York(whose heraldic symbols were the "red" and the "white" rose,respectively).They were fought in sporadic episodes between 1455 and 1485.The final victory went to a relatively remote Lancastrian claimant,Henry Tudor,who defeated the last Yorkist king Richard III The House of Tudor subsequently ruled England and Wales for 117 years.
SLIDESHOW: Medieval Coffin at King Richard III Site Holds … Another Coffin King Richard III's rediscovered resting place is turning out more mysteries this summer. Excavators finally lifted the heavy lid of a medieval stone coffin found at the site in Leicester, England, only to reveal another lead coffin inside.
University of Leicester archaeologists have found the lost church where Richard III was buried over 500 years ago – under a City Council carpark. After his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the body of Britain’s last Plantagenet king was brought to Leicester where he was buried in a Franciscan friary. Known as the Church of the Grey Friars, the structure was demolished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and its location forgotten.