Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favourite Historical Personage to Read About

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well. Today is Wednesday, so it’s time for the next post in the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews. If you want to join in the challenge, you can find the list of Weekly topics here, and if you’d like to read other people’s responses to this week’s topic, you can do that here.

Favourite Historical Personage to Read About

Today’s topic is tricky because I don’t have one individual from history that I enjoy reading about. As I’ve talked about before, history was one of my favourite subjects in school, and it still is now. My favourite part of history has always been reading about the kings and queens of Great Britain, of which there are many, going back over a thousand years (in the current line).

My favourites, in no particular order, are King Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth I, King James VI of Scotland (I of England) and, of course, our late Queen Elizabeth II.

I love reading about the history of the British monarchy; it’s often wonderfully dark. As a society, we’ve been brought up to believe that kings and queens have it easy- that they get everything handed to them but the truth of the matter is that there’s always a struggle of some sort going on, be it for the throne itself, for mental well being, or territory.

I often end up falling down a rabbit hole of information whenever I need to look up something about one monarch or another, and often it leads to monarchs of other countries since most, if not all, monarchies of Europe were related to our own.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the British royal family is the slow ebbing away of the monarch’s power. Where once upon a time, a king or queen ruled over the land absolutely, over time, the British monarchy has become a constitutional one; the King has no real and actual power. You might think this diminishing power might mean the monarchy may end up being forgotten over time, but the British royal family are still as popular as they ever were. I think it’s all to do with the romantic notion of tradition. At least, that’s why I like the UK having a monarchy. It may relate to a sense of nostalgia for the fairytales I grew up with.

Anyway, I’m curious about which historical figure you all like to read about!

As always, thanks for reading my words!

Until next time,

George

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10 replies

  1. The one thing I’ve taken from studying English history is that the kings and queens tried to be absolute monarchs, but if they didn’t toe the line with the Barons they faced civil war and a few were murdered. Edward II, Richard II, Richard III to name a few.

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  2. I love learning about the British Monarchy. I’m not sure why the fascination, but I remember getting up in the middle of the night to watch Charles and Diana marry, I mourned when the Queen Mum passed away, and was certain Queen Elizabeth II would live forever (hoped, maybe, since I really despise Charles).

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  3. I don’t have that sentimental attachment to the British monarchy itself, but the history surrounding it is fascinating.

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  4. I can definitely understand the appeal of the English kings and queens, from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth .

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  5. The British Monarchy has been a special interest of mine for as long as I can remember, especially from the Plantagenets through to the Tudors. I fall down complete rabbit holes with them. And, as much as I mourned the passing of Elizabeth II, I was fascinated by watching Operation London Bridge/Operation Unicorn actually in action, getting to see Charles III proclaimed (It turned out I knew the words to the Proclamation, no idea how) and I’m super excited for his Coronation!

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  6. I’ve always been fascinated by Henry VIII. He was a remarkable man for many good and bad reasons.

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