Bolingbroke Castle

The ruins of Bolingbroke Castle is a handful of miles away.

I’ve visited often and used to sit on the stones there, daydreaming!

Local legend says that it was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell in the 17th C – the site of the Battle of Winceby is close by.

 

 

Bolingbroke was the birthplace of Henry IV…Henry of Bolingbroke (Oh, d’uh)

And this Henry was the father of Henry V

 

 

 

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;

Or close the wall up with our English dead.

In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man

As modest stillness and humility:

But when the blast of war blows in our ears,

Then imitate the action of the tiger;

Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,,,

 

 

 

 

Oh. Shoot. That bloody Shakespeare’s back again. Tut!

 

And Henry V was the dude who invaded France and started off Jehanne d’Arc’s mission.

 

Agincourt and all that. It was at Agincourt that Charles d’Orleans (cousin of the Dauphin) fell, got captured and ended up spending 20 odd years as a prisoner in England…some of the time at Bolingbroke Castle.

 

Aha. See. There is a point to this :o)

 

Jehanne supposedly raised the Siege of Orleans and tried to take back Paris, all in the name of Charles d’Orleans. Supposedly.

But Charles is also known as the Poet Prince. He wrote a lot of stuff, much of it still extant. But – never once, in all the writings left to us, does he mention Jehanne d’Arc.

Not once. Was he just an ungrateful s.o.b?

 

 

220px-Charles_Ier_d'Orléans

 

 

I don’t think so :o)

He also, apparently learned to speak English extremely well. He even wrote some of his poems in English.

Which is amazing!!!

Considering that English wasn’t even a language in the early 15th century.

Just saying :o)

 

P.S. Charles d’Orleans was born on the same date/same month as me. Not the same year, no. Cheeky!

 

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