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Sunday, May 05, 2013


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Les Read

Hi, Have any modern forensic psychologists taken a look at Edward II? It seems to me that the poor guy was always trying to please his father. When Edward 1 died he just latched on to other father figures. It sounds as though he never felt secure enough in himself to take the lead or the responsibility. Pity I'm not a psychologist, I could have a field day with him.

By the way, am I right in thinking that the modern Spencer (and also Churchill) family descend from the despencers? If so, they came out right in the end; any family that can produce Winston Churchill and Princess Di can't be all that bad. Oh! and don't forget Frank Spencer.

Les Read

By the way, I think the artist of the above picture was a little anatomically genereous towards Hugh Despenser the Younger. Maybe the paint ran.

The History of England

Hi Les - yes, I think you are right - the Spencers were a branch of the Despencer family. Every family's got some good genes somewhere! I have to say that I think you are right, the artist thought he had to give the guy something to celebrate! Made me laugh too...

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