John Morton Adversary of Richard III, Power Behind the Tudors by Stuart Bradley

John Morton
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the highest position in the English church, the ‘First Bishop’ of England. Throughout the Middle Ages there are iconic names associated with the position; Augustine, Hurbert Walter, Simon Sudbury, Stephen Langdon, Thomas Becket and John Morton.

You don’t recall John Morton? He presided over the church during one of England’s bloodiest civil wars, the Wars Of the Roses. Morton was a staunch foe of Richard III and was determined to see his reign end. Morton was made Lord Chancellor during Henry VII reign and helped establish the Tudor dynasty. Yet Morton is rarely brought up when the Wars of the Roses is discussed.

In a new book, out today, John Morton Adversary of Richard III, Power Behind the Tudors, Stuart Bradley examines the life and legacy of a man often in the shadows of the Wars of the Roses. It’s the first biography of John Morton since the Victorian age. John Morton is a deeply researched and well written book that any fan of the Wars of the Roses or the Tudor Dynasty should read!

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John Morton Adversary of Richard III, Power Behind the Tudors synopsis:

John Morton (c. 1420 – 1500) was one of the most important men in the land from the Wars of the Roses to the start of the Tudor dynasty. Yet he has been largely ignored in recent times.

He was a man of great character and influence over politics and the Church. He lived into his eighties, having served three kings as a councillor, Master of the Rolls, Lord Chancellor, bishop, Archbishop of Canterbury and Cardinal. His skill was a key factor in the establishment of the early Tudor state. He had escaped from the Tower of London, lived in exile twice, and was a major adversary of
Richard III. He funded the building of Hatfield Palace, the first drainage of the fens, and the central tower of Canterbury Cathedral. The Morton Psalter contained the first printed music in England.

As SB Chrimes observed, ‘there can be little doubt that Morton was the key figure in Henry VII’s government, nothing approaching an adequate study of his life and role has yet been published.’ In fact no detailed biography on Morton has been produced since Victorian times.

This book follows John Morton’s career through the reigns of Henry VI and Edward IV, and his central role in opposition to Richard III, before his fifteen years as Lord Chancellor to Henry VII, which were crucial to the establishment of the Tudor dynasty.

About the Author:

StuartBradleyDr Stuart Bradley has been a head teacher for over twenty years and is currently Head of Primary at
The Sultan’s School, Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman.

Jedi Knight turns Templar Knight, Mark Hamill joins Knightfall

Knightfall
Knightfall premiered on the HISTORY channel in December 2017 and recounts the history and myth of the Knights Templar.

Knightfall stars Tom Cullen as the Templar leader, Landry, a veteran of the Crusades, looking for his mentor’s killer and the location of the Holy Grail. If you missed Season 1 you can watch it on Netflix now.

Mark Hamill joins Season 2 as Talus, “A battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for ten years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.”

HISTORY states Season 2 will “explore this dark time in history from the Templar perspective, embracing an authentically grittier, darker, and more brutal Medieval period than has ever been seen before.”

Also joining Season 2 is Tom Forbes as Prince Louis, “the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne” and Genevieve Gaunt as Isabella, the daughter of King Philip.

Knightfall season 2 will air in 2019, no specific date yet.

Historian and author, Dan Jones, serves as the historical consultant for the series.

Knightfall Synopsis:
The Knights Templar were the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages, entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most prized relic—the Holy Grail—and harboring secrets capable of great destruction.

KNIGHTFALL goes deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their complex relationship with the King of France, to the betrayal that would ultimately lead to their tragic dissolution, the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told until now.

Knightfall Season 2 teaser

Knight Fight on HISTORY Channel


Knight Fight premiered on the HISTORY Channel (USA) last week, 23 Jan 2019. It premieres on HISTORY UK on 19 Feb 2019. Host and WWE superstar Jay “Christian” Reso, is joined by judges Andre Sinou, Co-Founder and Creator of the Armored Combat League, and John Clements, Director of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts.

I watched the first episode and it appears they will all follow the same format. In the beginning six knights square off in a ring for three rounds. The top three knights advance to the team melee round. The remaining three knights face off again for the final spot.

In the second segment, the Team Melee round, the four knights are paired up and given weapons and armor from a specific time period. In episode 1 it was Vikings vs Byzantines of the 10th century. The two teams battle each other using the different weapons and armor for two rounds. The panel of judges decide the winners.

The winning team face each other in a final duel. In the final battle they are each given a new weapon they must wield against each other. The winning knight takes home a $10,000 prize and secures a spot in the grand finale tournament against all other weekly champions.

Overall the first episode was OK. There are certainly some hard hits and nasty injuries. From a history perspective it’s a little light. They briefly go over the history of the weapons and armor in each segment, but it feels scripted and forced. While it would be great to get more of the history, I’m guessing they are going to focus on the battles and hard hits. The DVR is set to record so I’ll watch the first season and see how it develops.

Below is a trailer for the UK Premiere.

Knight Fight Synopsis:

“Knight Fight” steps inside the world of the full-contact Armored Combat League — often referred to as “Medieval MMA” or “Knight Fight Club.” This blood sport is a full-contact armored combat league where modern-day warriors battle in over eighty pounds of plated armor with real steel weapons. Rooted in historical traditions, for the first time, these knights are set to wage war as each episode features six new fighters who customize era-specific armor, garb and weaponry and engage in numerous battle rounds to see who has the skill and strength to win the ultimate Knight Fight. Hosted and judged by WWE superstar Jay “Christian” Reso, the winner walks away with a championship title, $10,000 and a spot in the season finale for a chance to become the first ever “Knight Fight” champion.

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