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Sunday, October 30, 2016


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Dear David

Thanks for the wonderful podcasts (England and Anglo Saxons).
I just watched your youtube video. Unfortunately there is a mistake commonly made by people: Fungi are not plants! They form their own kingdom !And it is not like England and Wales, but it is a kingdom of its own right - in fact fungi are more closely related to animals that to plants.
Sorry for being pedantic, but as a plant biologist if feel obliged to make a comment.

Otherwise fantastic podcast - very interesting, I even was inspired to buy and read a book about the Plantagenets!

Alexander, Long Island,USA


I wonder how many heirs are in England today that are closer to the crown than Henry VII was. The aristorcracy/monarchy lose a bit of their allure after Richard III. The connection to the Conqueror and his companions seems more distant. Plantagenets over Tudors any day off the week.

Liam, also from LI NY

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Alexander, you are so right, I am sorry. I now remember learning about that in Mr Phillips' class , 3rd form, age of 13. Rather than Plantagenets, maybe read up on the Fungangenets (a joke SO LAME I am ashamed).

Liam, someone said to me that we are all related to Edward III. And yes, one of the key features of Tudor England and beyond is the change in the status of the nobility. It starts with Henry VII, but the later Stuarts looks very different to the Middle Ages


Dear David

Don't worry as German I don't understand the whole humor thing anyway ;-)


Andrea Hewett

David, great episode that goes some way to explaining why Henry VII seems like an interlude before his high-drama son in terms of how he's remembered.

As for contemporary portrayals, have you seen his official effigy at Westminster Cathedral museum? It's an extraordinary departure from preceding effigies and very life-like. It was sculptured by a Frenchman.

You could say it wasn't taken from life, but I'd imagine he had input from people who knew the late king about how realistic it was, unless Henry himself commissioned it before death? Other listeners might know.

Andrea Hewett

^^^ I meant Westminster Abbey....blushing with embarrassment.


great information.

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