Tag Archives: Henry VIII

The Glastonbury Thorn

One of the things that historians like to boast about is their devotion to evidence.  Facts without corroboration are merely assertions. Good stories without witness statements or documentary support are just that: good stories.  The further back in time one … Continue reading

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The Beasts of Bexley…

Would you expect to find a large red dragon in a garden in Bexley? Or a griffin lurking behind a hedge at a castle near Cardiff?  To say nothing of  a dolphin on a staircase in Kensington or an English leopard in a French camping site? … Continue reading

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Elephants and the royal menagerie…

After a look at mechanical elephants in our parks and gardens I thought perhaps I should look at the place of the real thing there as well.   Garden menageries have a long history: the earliest recorded in Britain from the … Continue reading

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