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…

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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

LINK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21063882

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

LINK: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/02/07/Royal-funeral-at-last-for-Richard-III/UPI-82831360217820/

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

LINK: http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2013-02-08/is-king-richard-iiis-son-buried-in-kent/

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

LINK: http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2013-02-08/where-are-all-our-missing-kings/

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?

LINK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/16/mystery-of-kings-head-divides-france

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

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/The-revolutionary-friendship-of-an-escaped-slave-and-Irish-Lord-in-18th-century-Dublin-191196741.html

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

Asking questions

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

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