We develop deeper roots of connection by researching our family, community or nation’s ancestors.
As well as nature and philosophy I have a passion for history. Forget television and video games, getting involved with the history of our ancestors is fun. We are the sum of all the actions and thoughts of our ancestors, we then add to that sum of history in our own lives to hand down to our descendants. Solving history puzzles and trying to imagine the world view of my ancestors is part of my history passion.
I am watching developments of an archaeological dig in the UK. It is not often that an English king is dug up in a car park. Pending DNA confirmation the archaeologists have announced they have found King Richard III under a car park.
For 30 years Britain suffered a civil war between two noble houses, signified by their coloured roses: House of Lancaster (red rose) and the House of York (white rose). Even today the English counties of York and Lancaster are intense rivals. In total seventeen battles were fought in the Wars of the Roses, involving six different kings. Richard III was of the House of York, and he died in battle, ending the medieval age and a ruling dynasty. Richard III was immortalised by William Shakespeare in his play called Richard III. The enemies of Richard III blackened the name of what was a reforming king, who gave new legal rights to the poor, and eliminated censorship surrounding the printing and sale of books. It is alleged, wrongly in my opinion, that Richard III was responsible for the disappearance and likely murder of the two Princes of the Tower.
Why not put time aside to study the ancestors in your own family, community or nation?