Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Happy Yorkshire Day to You!

I had heard about it but didn't know when it was. But today I received this greeting from my good friend Paul, who lives on Flamborough Head, about a hundred yards away from where I grew up. Thanks Paul! They didn't celebrate it when I was a child.

What is it? Why it's a Yorkshire Rose. You must have heard of the Wars of the Roses. This was war between the House of York and the House of Lancaster. Yorkshire has a white rose and Lancashire has a red rose.

The Wars of the Roses were intermittent civil wars which took place between these two Houses, or families between 1455 and 1487 to see who would be King of England.

So who won? Sorry to say Lancashire won and the house of Tudor of Lancashire ruled Britain for about 116 years after that. To my shame, I had to look up that information!

Now in our house, we have me from Yorkshire, and Moth from Lancashire -- but no wars, please!

SO HAPPY YORKSHIRE DAY TO YOU!

4 comments:

RuneE said...

Congratulations! Well worth a celebration or two - even if you lost the war. It would have been interesting to discuss "the alternative story".

kaybee said...

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

Moth may be from Lancashire, but he's as sweet as a rose of Yorkshire -- no contest there!

Thanks for the history lesson -- which I should also have known -- and Happy Yorkshire Day to you too!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I suppose someone has to win and someone has to lose. I enjoyed the post.

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Jose said...

And a Happy Yorkshire day to you too. And here I thought the war of the roses was just a movie. You learn something new every day.