On Sep 6, 2009, at 4:22 PM, Melisende Fitzwalter wrote:
> Greetings Lord Matthew,
> The replies here have pretty much illustrated the change of fashion
> of address towards Kings and Queens of England over the ages from
> Your Grace to Your Majesty. Just one small detail which you might
> find interesting. As far as my research on this matter has gone, I
> believe that it was Richard II who first insisted on the title Your
> Majesty, whereas his antecedents had always been happy with Your
> Grace. Similarly he was also the first King who had felt the need
> to have a bodyguard about his person. The Barons were not best
> pleased with this new title as they saw it as an attempt to dominate
> and usurp their traditional freedoms. Certain other things he did
> during his reign did not help his cause either!
I'd love to know your source for this. I, too, have a Ricardian
persona and always enjoy finding new info to round out my knowledge.
"..Um..Something strange happened to me this morning."
"Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort
of Sun God robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked
women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?"
"Why am I the only person that has that dream?"