18 Feb: The Prince Who Drowned in Wine

Sentenced to death for treason against his brother King Edward IV, George, Duke of Clarence was executed on 18th February, 1478 – and, according to legend, chose to be drowned in a butt of his  favorite tipple: malmsey wine. 

It was apt punishment for years of plotting against his brother alongside his father-in-law, the Earl of Warwick – most notably by claiming that the King’s two children were illegitimate.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal how close George came to actually seizing the throne; consider how Shakespeare sexed things up for ‘Richard III’; and investigate the financial outlay required if you wanted to drown yourself in a butt of malmsey wine in 2022…

Further Reading:

• ‘Duke of Clarence: A title through time’ (The History Press): https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/articles/duke-of-clarence-a-title-through-time/

• ‘Malmsey – Madeira Wine and Dine’: https://www.madeirawineanddine.com/malmsey/

• ‘On This Day: the execution of George, Duke of Clarence’ (Matt Lewis, 2020):

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