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breeding stock - selecting edward III’s queen

Philippa of Hainault, 24 June 1314 - 15 August 1369

“An extremely interesting paper, unnoticed by any former historian, has been pointed out by Mr. G. G. Coulton as inserted in the Official Register of Walter Stapeldon, the good Bishop of Exeter, as early as 1319. It is entitled " The Inspection and Description of the Daughter of the Count of Hainault," and a later hand has added, undated, " who was called Philippa, and who was Queen of England, wedded to Edward III ". The description is most minute, and runs as follows : " The lady whom..." ” [Quoted from Philippa of Hainault and Her Times (also available as 360-page .pdf)]

Philippa of Hainault
romantised portrait of Philippa of Hainault
Philippa of Hainault
from the tomb of Philippa of Hainault in Westminster Abbey
Source: Philippa of Hainault and Her Times B. C. Hardy

“His queen had been marked out at the early age of nine; Bishop Stapledon was sent overseas to inspect her at that age, and this is the report he brought home to Edward II in 1323:

“The lady whom we saw has not uncomely hair, betwixt blue-black and brown. Her head is clean shaped; her forehead high and broad, and standing somewhat forward. Her face narrows between the eyes, and the lower part of her face is still more narrow and slender than her forehead. Her eyes are blackish-brown and deep. Her nose is fairly smooth and even, save that it is somewhat broad at the tip and flattened, yet it is no snub-nose. Her nostrils are also broad, her mouth fairly wide. Her lips somewhat full, and especially the lower lip. Her teeth which have fallen and grown again are white enough, but the rest are not so white. the lower teeth project a little beyond the upper; yet this is but little seen. Her ears and chin are comely enough. Her neck, shoulders, and all her body and lower limbs are reasonably well shapen; all her limbs are well set and unmaimed; and nought is amiss so far as a man may see. Moreover, she is brown of skin all over, and much like her father; and in all things she is pleasant enough, as it seems to us. and the damsel will be of the age of nine years on St. John’s Day next to come, as her mother saith. She is neither too tall nor too short for such an age; she is of fair carriage, and well taught in all that becometh her rank, and highly esteemed and well beloved of her father and mother and all of her meinie, in so far as we could inquire and learn of the truth.” [Quoted from The Plantagenets]

Philippa of Hainault married Edward III [13 November 1312 - 21 June 1377] on 24th January, 1328.

Philippa of Hainault was one of eight children. She had about thirteen children, of whom she outlived nine, two dying from the Black Death. Her children included

  • Edward, the Black Prince
  • Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence,
  • John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster,
  • Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York,
  • Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester

She also persuaded King Edward to spare the lives of the Burghers of Calais in 1347.

Philippa of Hainault and Her Times
by B.C. Hardy, 1st edition 1910

Philippa of Hainhault by B.C.Hardy

Nabu Press, 2010, pbk
ISBN-10: 1177601478
ISBN-13: 978-1177601474

$24.89 [amazon.com]
Philippa of Hainhault by B.C.Hardy

Reprint, 2010, pbk
ISBN-10: 1152685643
ISBN-13: 978-1152685642

£17.21 [amazon.co.uk]

The Plantagenets 1154-1485
by John Hooper Harvey, 1st edition: 1948
The Plantagenets by John Harvey

(British monarchy series)

Fontana, pbk, 1972, 2nd ed.
ISBN-10: 0006329497
ISBN-13: 978-0006329497

amazon.co.uk
amazon.com

end note

  1. meinie
    A family, household.
    A body of retainers, attendants, dependents, or followers;
    a retinue, suite, train.
    Servants.


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on balancing budgets and intelligence

  • how much of balls is stupidity and how much is dishonesty?
    parrots can repeat words but they can’t replace thought!

    A month or so ago I was railing against the misguided who believe Keynes and Hayek (Friedman) are opposed. They are not.

    It seems that Ed Balls has been taught that much by Mankiw, a pretty sound fellow.

    But Balls still doesn’t understand the meaning of the term ‘growth’, and he doesn’t understand the problem of “the roof, if you neglect it while the sun shines”.

    Now read on. Is Balls just dumb, another poor intellect who has been crammed through the parrot system without having any capacity to think independently, or is he just a socialist liar?

    “But, as I argued a year ago in my Bloomberg speech, the global economy is sliding into that rare and dangerous "special case" that Keynes identified in the 1930s and Japan suffered in the 1990s. And, as Ed Miliband argued this week, our world economic leaders need a global plan B for growth.”

    “ ...Yes, have clear medium-term plans to get deficits down, but have clear plans to avoid a global slump, too.”

    Just what do you think you mean by ‘slump’, Mister Balls?

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    I’m betting on stupidity. Ed Balls has that arrogance so definitive of the stupid.

    A good demonstration of the divide between education and intelligence is that you can make a foolish man like Balls or Brown the Clown appear to be clever if you teach them enough cliches. But it is damned near impossible to teach them to think for themselves with the substitute for education so widespread in our society!

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  • how conservatives and socialists each manage the uk economy

    If Margaret Thatcher had tried to cling on to failing subsidised industries, like coal mining and steel production, Britain would have continued to lose economic power and progress, just as in the situation she inherited from socialism.

    Brown the Clown and his cronies did exactly the same as had the governments that left Thatcher with such a mess.

    Bliar and the Brown the Clown tried to cling on, instead of rein in wasteful and destructive spending. So most of what Thatcher left to the country, the fascist ‘New’ Labour Party wasted and frittered away again. Of course, they did that primarily to bribe stupid voters, and thus to cling to power. The dogmas outweighed (and outweigh) intelligent action.

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    The more attractive the country becomes, the more eager the stupid Socialist vandals become to smash the windows and ‘spread the wealth around.

    Socialism is on the side of the mobs.
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  1. Gordon Brown has oftimes been described as neglecting the roof while the sun shines. That is, instead of setting aside reserves during economic good times in preparation for any bad times, Gordon Brown spent and spent and borrowed and borrowed, increasing deficit spending without let, despite having promised that he would balance the budget.

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disaster - wussy east coasters facing armageddon, 30 trees down

How to turn a nuisance into a drama.

TV stations with wall to wall coverage of a bit of rain.

A couple of years ago, I had more than thirty large trees down on my garden.

The asphalted roads were cleared of the many fallen trees and debris by the next evening, but the ravaged forest is still being cleared up and replanting two and a half years later.

In the eastern United States, they are currently having 75 mph winds. We had 130 mphfor eight hours.

American politicians are posing vigorously and pretending to be relevant.

Trillions run for the hills.

They have no electricity for a few hours. We had none for eleven days, and it took three months more to restore the system.

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No wonder Americans play football in suits of armour.

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are 25% of american christianists are damned liars?

“America is a religious nation. Polls may differ, but most find that over 80 percent of Americans say they believe in God. Fifty percent also say they go to church on Sunday, while only half of those actually do...”

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on behavioural dissonances in society

It is dissonant that government complains that the young steal from others for what they want, while the government steals from the tax payer for what they want. (For those who cannot think it through, suitable examples are ‘expenses’ and union handouts.)

Both sets of thieves want to live beyond their means.

The claim that Tony Bliar was somehow different from the whole sorry socialist crew is risible. Bliar is/was fully complicit and is a clone Fabian Marxist.

On bourgeois marriage
from the Manifesto of the Communist Party, Chapter 2 [2]

“On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based? On capital, on private gain. In its completely developed form, this family exists only among the bourgeoisie. But this state of things finds its complement in the practical absence of the family among proletarians, and in public prostitution.

“The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital.”

It continues:

“The bourgeois claptrap about the family and education, about the hallowed correlation of parents and child, becomes all the more disgusting, the more, by the action of Modern Industry, all the family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labor.”

“The bourgeois sees his wife a mere instrument of production. He hears that the instruments of production are to be exploited in common, and, naturally, can come to no other conclusion that the lot of being common to all will likewise fall to the women.

“He has not even a suspicion that the real point aimed at is to do away with the status of women as mere instruments of production.

“For the rest, nothing is more ridiculous than the virtuous indignation of our bourgeois at the community of women which, they pretend, is to be openly and officially established by the Communists. The Communists have no need to introduce free love; it has existed almost from time immemorial.

“Our bourgeois, not content with having wives and daughters of their proletarians at their disposal, not to speak of common prostitutes, take the greatest pleasure in seducing each other's wives.

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today’s daft question - how come we can fly a vehicle to jupiter but can’t solve the unemployment ‘problem’?

Because those who develop the Jupiter shot are highly educated and bright.

Whereas those unemployed are none-too-smart, and most of those ‘trying’ to solve that problem are poorly educated, and often corrupt.

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