Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lambert Simnel

‘And once when jealous rage was high,
Lord Marmion said dispiteously,
Wilton was traitor in his heart,
And had made league with Martin Swart,
When he came here on Simnel’s part;

The pretender to the English throne, known as Lambert Simnel, was crowned in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin on this day, May 24th, 1487.  This pretender bore a resemblance to the murdered sons of Edward IV, which served as the basis for the pretension.  Simnel and his army landed in England shortly after the ten year old was crowned, but didn’t reach much success.  Scot’s text above comes from “Marmion”.

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