Firstly, I love this topic from Long and Short Reviews, just because I love the word "personage". We don't hear it enough these days.
In any event, I love history, and in the past I would definitely have said Henry VIII for this. I spent a lot of time reading about him and his wives - it was a remarkable period in history and all six of his wives were interesting to read about, especially Katherine Parr. However, after I started reading further back and got into the Wars of the Roses, I changed my mind about my favourite historical figure.
Now it's Richard III.
Richard is becoming better known in recent years and there is a lot more debate as to whether he genuinely did kill the Princes in the Tower. Personally, as a staunch Ricardian, I don't believe he did it. I'm leaning towards Henry VII myself, although there are some interesting theories about one or both of the princes possibly escaping and surviving into adulthood. Until we're able to test the bones found in the Tower we'll never know for sure.
It also helps that I have scoliosis myself, so that's something I share with Richard III.
So who is your favourite historical personage to read about?
I think the whole Tudor period is one of the most fascinating in English history. Henry VIII is definitely one of my favourites to read about.ReplyDelete
He's always fascinated me.Delete
Thomas B. Constaine makes a strong case that it was Henry VII that's the real villain, in his Plantagenet.series of books.ReplyDelete
A lot of it depends on when they were killed, assuming they were. If they were alive when Henry VII went through the Tower with a fine tooth comb, he definitely did it.Delete
My daughter played one of Henry's wives (the one who lived, Anne of Cleves) in high school. Honestly, I hadn't realized one had lived, lol.ReplyDelete
She'd be interesting to read more about. So would Kathryn Parr, who outlived Henry VIII. (If she hadn't stepmothered Elizabeth I, "Madam Parr" would still have left a mark on history: she made "Kathryn" and "Katryn" officially acceptable ways to spell her name.)Delete
I do like Anne of Cleves and Kathryn Parr. A lot more than Anne Boleyn, anyway.Delete
Whoops ... that anonymous comment was mine.ReplyDelete
English history really does have some fascinating characters. (I once owned a nice wooden ruler which had a timeline of all the Kings of Scotland on the back; it was, well, a Scottish rulers ruler...)ReplyDelete
I admit I don't know much about the Scottish kings, other than the ones that moved over to England.Delete
Ahhh, Henry. An interesting prince in his youth and a sad lech in his age!ReplyDelete
Apparently a very attractive man until he got greedy.Delete
According to J.B. Priestley the school of thought that holds Richard III innocent started when some sentimental person looked at a painting of him and thought he had too nice a face to have killed the princes.ReplyDelete
Others say that, even if the painting looked like him, it's not an especially lovable looking face.
I don't think his paintings are particularly flattering.Delete
My love for Richard III started when I read Sunne in Splendour when I was younger, and I still love everything Wars of the Roses through to the Tudors. And I swear my favourite thing about Richard III is how divisive he is - everyone has an opinion and he's a fascinating subject for sureReplyDelete
Ah yes, I've read that. It's a great book.Delete