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Quite a month for royal bidets


Happy birthday, Edward the Tooth! Seven hundred and thirty two years young today.

Though Wikipedia says his birthday was yesterday, the date only came across my FaceBook feed today.

(On a side note, I found a way to make FaceBook fun — stop following my boring old friends and follow groups about history, art and chikkens!).

He’s the one who got the red hot poker up the hoo-hoo. Most historians these days don’t think that really happened, because most historians these days are boring old stinky pants.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 26, 2016, 8:51 pm

Yes, the king who gave his name to one of the better band names in history: Edward II and the Red Hot Polkas.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: April 26, 2016, 9:51 pm

…and so, it’s off to royal.gov.uk to read more about this fine fellow.

and on the last page of ‘A Rifleman Went to War’ by Herbert McBride is a suggestion that I should befriend (on Goodreads) endeavourpress book sellers of note, and so I went to see what else they publish besides military books, history books, and fiction books.

Chicklit, something about chickens, or gum? How fascinating is that?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 26, 2016, 9:52 pm

The Wikipedia article says,

Most historians now dismiss this account of Edward’s death, querying the logic in Edward’s captors murdering him in such an easily detectable fashion.

It would have been entirely logical if Edward’s captors wanted to make a point.


I don’t think that a bidet would have been much help unless it spritzed a 10% lidocaine solution.

Comment from bruno braun
Time: April 26, 2016, 10:30 pm

I’m sure he didn’t get the hot poker in a tranny toilet.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: April 26, 2016, 10:45 pm

My Faceborg usage has followed similar track – timeline is now filled with old / antique motorcycle, sci-fi, and history groups. I see more people with my surname in the motorcycle groups than in my own friends / family list. It’s almost surprising when I see a post from someone I know IRL.

Comment from mojo
Time: April 26, 2016, 11:51 pm

His boyfriend just got hacked to death.

Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: April 27, 2016, 5:41 am

I’m not sure it would have been all that detectable, since the version Starkey shared (after saying the more official version is that Eddy 2: Electric Boogaloo was crushed under a table with heavy stones on it) is that something like a metal trumpet horn was first inserted, I assume so there wouldn’t be any marks “down there.”

He also points out the first records of such a tale didn’t show up until 30 years after Edward the Younger-but-not-the-Youngest’s death.

I do so enjoy David Starkey’s Monarchy series…

Comment from Carl
Time: April 27, 2016, 11:55 am

When I went to Berkeley Castle (where Edward ll died) I was amused to see that the gardener has a sense of humour. There is a whole bed of Red Hot Pokers in the gardens.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 27, 2016, 5:09 pm

Though a replica, he did have some nice bling on his wiki page.

Comment from mojo
Time: April 27, 2016, 6:17 pm

“‘E must be a king or summat.”
“‘Ow d’ye know?”
“‘E ‘asn’t got shit all over ‘im.”

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