RE:Regency & Revolt
(Date Posted:05/25/2009 9:04 PM)
John could not have been the best father figure in the world for Henry III, especially as when the child was old enough to take notice of that the king was embroiled in the baronial revolts, and Isabella of Angouleme is generally regarded as indolent and pleasure-loving and not that great of a mother despite how many children she had.
Edward II gets bad press for his favorites, but nothing to indicate he was disinterested in his offspring or actively disliked by them, and his Isabella was supposedly frequently visited at Castle Rising by all 4 of them and her daughter Queen Joan of Scotland lived with her when her marriage went sour, so there must have been a decent parent/children relationship there.
Richard II wasn't expected to be the heir until his older brother Edward of Angouleme died, the Black Prince was ill with what was probably stomach cancer for many years and undoubtedly not in much of a position to exert fatherly influence, though I've read Joan of Kent was a doting mother. It had to have been hard on a child of Richard's young age to see his strong warrior father deteriorate and waste away.
Catherine of Valois wasn't permitted to exert any influence over Henry VI at all and rarely saw him, and Henry V never saw him at all before he died. That was sort of like Edward II following Edward I all over again to have to come in after a fearsome warrior king and be nothing like him.
Edward V basically had no parental influences, either, being sent to establish his household at Ludlow when he was three years old, and probably not a clue about the political situation resulting from his father's death. I read Greensleeves's most recent book review and would have to agree that Anthony Woodville was the biggest influence on him. Since Anthony is generally regarded as the best of the Woodvilles, it may not have been the problem Richard III suspected it to be, but again, Edward IV was a mighty warrior and Anthony Woodville more of a scholarly type from what I've read.
I agree with FA about counting him at all and it's only due to Tudor propaganda that he is. Jane Grey shouldn't be counted, either. Empress Matilda wasn't.
Edward VI....all I have to say about that one is Henry VIII and a revolving door of stepmothers.
Edward III was the only one with decent parents, I think, and maybe that explains it.
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