|George P, Man of the Hour|
It seems like every day of the year commemorates something. I don’t know how it’s determined what day commemorates what but I think a Tweet and FB share is all that’s required. So I want to designate a holiday myself! Let 18 February henceforth be known as George Plantagenet Day!
Queen Elizabeth .
Eat your heart out Elizabeth II
Who was George Plantagenet you ask? He was the 1st Duke of Clarence and brother to King Edward IV of England, thus a royal prince. George was not happy with his brother the king, especially the woman he chose to make his queen, Elizabeth Woodville, who was by far the hottest queen to ever rule England.
For this and a variety of different reasons George rebelled against his brother in hopes of becoming king himself. That didn’t work out but seeing how George was his brother, Edward forgave him. A few years later George took another failed opportunity to depose his brother and again Edward forgave him. Finally, after his third failed attempt to seize the crown Edward had enough. George was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death.
Back in the day the axe was the usual method of execution for a nobleman (a much better way to go than the alternatives). “Off with his head” the queen of hearts would have said. George was not the sharpest tool in the shed but Edward IV allowed him to choose his own method. George was a drunk amongst his other faults (which explains a lot) and chose to be drowned in a barrel of malmsey wine (Madeira). On 18 February 1478 the execution was carried out. There are no I witness accounts but records from the Tower of London do show that a barrel of wine had been delivered just prior to the execution.
I believe Lord Plantagenet is a much better candidate for miscreant English rebel than Guy Fawkes. So hence forth, on 18 February we should remember him and raise a glass of malmsey wine in his honour.