|Subject:||Re: Anthony Rivers|
|Post Date:||April 17, 2008 at 11:56:40|
|Forum:||Cyprus Genealogy Forum|
The message posted in 2005 regarding Anthony Rivers was not answered, it would seem, but now, as Antony's biographer, I am here to answer the question! First, please note his name is not spelled with an H, that did not arrive until the end of the 16th century. Second, this incident with the Luxemburgh people seems not to be documented in many places. It is not in any of the biographies on Elizabeth Woodville or in the medieval report of her coronation either. It is one of those stray pieces of information which has come to light during research. Nowhere have I found any reference to his claim to be King of Cyprus. My belief is he had enough to do here in England, with his many estates, his writing and his Lordship of the Isle of Wight. This was not hereditary, by the way, but granted by the monarch of the time, in this case Edward IV. If you recall that he spent his time in court, in his many estates, going to battle, accompanying his king to exile on the continent, going on pilgrimages, studying, translating, tutoring and caring for the future Edward V, there would be little time to go to Cyrpus and make such a claim. I think this is a red herring, my friend.