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Edward Hangs His Mother's Lover, and Takes England

King Edward III of England is a mere teenage boy with his mother, Queen Isabella, as regent but she seems to be losing her grip on power. The Baron's are unhappy because the new boss seems no better than the old one. Isabella has emptied the treasury and her lover, Roger Mortimer, has granted himself land and titles, and removed the head of Edmund of Woodstock, Edward's uncle, but young Edward has a plan. While Mortimer and his mother are at Nottingham Castle, Edward and his friends enter the castle through a secret entrance and in pitched battle, kill a number of Edward's enemies and arrest Roger Mortimer. Roger is tried and hung from the gallows. Edward's mother is placed under guard. She has wide latitude but a limited allowance. Parliament will dissolve the regency and place King Edward III on the throne. He will be a strong king like his grandfather, Edward I, but that won't always be a good thing. [1] [2] [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Well... Queen Isabella was a strong woman but she was playing a dangerous game and she lost. She bet on Roger Mortimer and while it seemed like a good bet at the time, he became difficult for her to control, and she had her own issues with money. It just wasn't going to work. Luckily her son loved her or she would have lost more than her lavish wardrobe and a trip to the nunnery. The nunnery was actually not an unusual destination for women of the nobility. Often a noble family would sponsor an abbey as a retreat, and eventually a noble woman would become the abbess.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Nicolas Flamel is born this year in the suburbs of Paris. In the years to come he will make a living as a scribe and bookseller and die in the year 1418. He was not particularly notable except that his name was slapped on a number of books on alchemy even though he had nothing to do with them. These books are called pseudepigraphal works... books written by one person but credit is given to another person, usually a famous or admired person like a person from the Bible. People have used Flamel's name for their own purposes including J.K. Rowling in her book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." In this fictional account, Nicolas Flamel created a philosopher's stone... a device in alchemy that granted eternal life... which was sought by the evil wizard, Voldemort. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Folks have had a lot of harmless fun with Nicolas Flamel in recent years but in the 16th and 17th centuries mysticism was rampant and people sought out magical formulas. Certain Jewish texts were studied for magical methods to bend G-d's power to the human will. Things got a little nutty. There remain some elements of this intense interest in mysticism and magic in the Modern Day. Your children know this magic word... Abracadabra. It is an Aramaic phrase meaning "By my word I create it". Surprised? I was a professional illusionist in my younger days. I never used this word, mostly because I knew what it meant.[9]

The Black Prince of England is Born

Phillipa, the Queen consort of England gives birth to Edward of Woodstock. He will grow up to be a great military leader during the 100 Years' War. He will also be known for his cruelty in battle and earn the moniker of "The Black Prince". There is no evidence that he was called The Black Prince in his lifetime but he did carry a black shield. He will die a year before his father, King Edward III so he will never become king. His mother, Phillipa, will be well-loved in England as a peacemaker and Queens College in Oxford will be named in her honor. [10] [11] [12]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
"The Black Prince" is a cool moniker and a little frightening. He will be every bit as cold and calculating as his father, King Edward III and he will capture the King of France (John the Good) in battle and hold him for ransom.... a king's ransom. Trust me. The Black Prince will not be well loved in France. [13]

See Also


  1. 1330: Roger Mortimer, usurper, ExecutedToday.com, 2011-Nov-29.
  2. 1330: Edmund of Woodstock, family man, ExecutedToday.com, 2014-Mar-19.
  3. Jules (writer and researcher). Roger Mortimer Part 4: 1323-1330. Lady Despenser's Scribery. 2009-May-06.
  4. Nicolas Flamel. Harry Potter Wiki, 2014 [last update]
  5. Testament of Flamel, levity.com, 2008 [last update]
  6. Nicholas Flamel: The Immortal French Alchemist. alchemylab.com, 2012 [last update]
  7. Nicolas Flamel - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  8. Pseudepigrapha - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  9. Abracadabra - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  10. Cantor, Norman F., In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made, Harper Perennial, 2001. p. 38. (BOOK)
  11. Philippa of Hainault - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  12. Edward, the Black Prince - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  13. King John the Good of France: Prisoner of the English - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]

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