THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: … of missing kings and an escaped slave.

THINKING - elfThinking… navel gazing… reflecting… call it what you will, I love it!

From the time I was “knee high to a grasshopper” I have always wondered WHY? … asked endless questions and no doubt driven those around me nearly crazy, which is probably why I’d sometimes got infuriating answers like:

* It’s  a wig- wam for a goose’s bridle.
* That’s for me to know and for you wonder about.
* Just because…

As this blog is my legacy to my descendants, I’ve decided to start up “Thoughtful Thursday” posts to share some of the thoughts which have engaged me.  Maybe other readers will enjoy them too and maybe had similar thoughts?

ManyThanks to Cindy Freed, of “Genealogy Circle” for this idea.  Just click HERE to enjoy Cindy’s Thursday thoughts…


The BBC News, Leicester grabbed my attention with the Newsbreak:

A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park has been confirmed as that of English King Richard III.

King Richard III

King Richard III


Then the battle over his burial place began:
Dan Cruikshank, a BBC television presenter, is one vocal commentator who is pushing for the King to be re-buried in Westminster Abbey, rather than Leicester Cathedral, and delighted me with these words:

“My feeling is that a royal funeral at Westminster Abbey would be splendid. To lose a king is pretty damn careless but when you find him not to give him a proper ceremony and burial would seem deeply remiss.”

Westminster Abbey, England

Westminster Abbey, England


Then the question: Is Richard 111’s son buried in Kent?

St Mary's Church Eastwell, Kent, England

St Mary’s Church Eastwell, Kent, England


Followed by: Where are all our missing Kings?

Experts believe they’ve found the final resting place of King Alfred the Great – born in Oxfordshire, who died almost 600 years earlier than Richard the third – in 899 AD.

King Alfred the Great

King Alfred the Great


The Guardian then reports: Mystery of Henri IV’s missing head divides France.

Book claiming mummified skull found in the attic of a retired tax collector is that of ‘good king’ Henri IV provokes fierce debate.

Is this the mummified head of King Henri IV?

Is this the mummified head of King Henri IV?


After being fixated on the “missing Kings” of England and France I was then drawn to the fascinating matter of:

The revolutionary friendship of an escaped slave and Irish Lord in 18th century Dublin.

Tony Small escaped slavery and  taken to Ireland

Tony Small escaped slavery and taken to Ireland

I wonder what it is that will be grabbing my attention over the coming week and what it is that fascinates you?…

Asking questions


Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

10 thoughts on “THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: … of missing kings and an escaped slave.

  1. People all over the world have been captivated by the ongoing story about the discovery of King Richard III’s body. In our household, with my college-aged daughter anticipating a career in archaeology, that has been a topic of considerable discussion. Amazing what we are able to uncover these days of such distant points in history.

    Enjoyed reading your thoughts today, Catherine!

    • Oh, indeed Jacqi!!! … and I’m fascinated not just with the DNA but also the ability to re-construct the face and identify the cause of the wounds etc. “Time Team” is one of my most favourite shows and, if I had my time over, that’s a career that would certainly be of interest. Best wishes to your daughter.
      Thanks for dropping by, sharing your thoughts and very kind comment. Cheers, Catherine.

    • SNAP!!! 🙂 … So glad you enjoyed the post Kylie and thanks for commenting. It’s a good thing for me to get the thoughts out of my head, in this way, but not lose them altogether and especially to record for my grandchildren. The eldest of these is now about to turn 16 and I know that these insights into his Mamo’s interests/ thoughts is something he values. It’s all good. Best of wishes to you, yours and esp that precious new little grandchild … Catherine

  2. I have always been fascinated by the story of Richard III. As a theatre major, I had to read many of Shakespeares plays. I also read a book by mystery writer Josephine Tey (A Daughter of Time) many moons ago. The bedridden detective attempts to solve the mystery of who Richard III really was. I always liked Tey’s conclusion (which seems fairly close to the truth at this point).

    • ha ha ha… SNAP with you too Metan 🙂 … yep, nothing like a good mystery to get the blood pumping, eh? Guess that’s why I so much love Family History and researching the many mysteries in my mysterious family… oh, and things I’ve discovered!!! Have often laughed and quietly muttered… “you can run but you can’t hide, cheeky chops” 😉

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