We live in exciting times, a single forgotten document, just one seemingly unimportant piece of information lost in the modern age. Scanned to the internet in the 21st century~? Are now yielding surprising answers, that should cause us to re-examine everything we think that we thought we knew about our history.

 This is the story of King Slayer’s Court. 

  The recent finding of Richard the III allows another look at subjects that deal with the Gardiner families of the City of London, and those of our kinsman.. Our interests are many. With ties to our own personal family histories just waiting to be discovered. Some incorrect assumptions and outdated research in matter's of our collective Gardner, Gardiner, Gardener, Garner, family histories now can be addressed and corrected.

Our Goal? 

  Working together un-weaving the fabric of these seemingly unrelated branches of our family tree, it quickly becomes self evident to even the novice researcher. These branches, during this period of time, are key in solving some of the collective origins of our Gardiner family tree.  A common thread that binds us all, once lost, will now be revealed. 
            ~Origins of the Research~

   I’ve heard stories about William Gardiner and the King since I was a child, I’ve been researching and reading about the subject ever since.  These stories were passed by my family, descendants of English traders.. Many stories, music and traditions of early families passed generation to generation, made their way down the trail with the westward expansion of North America. The Welsh Tract of West Jersey. This area is now known as the city of Philadelphia. My ancestors English traders arrived in 1682. They were masonic masons, traders and merchants..

   In the early days of the web, back in the 1990’s, I approached the subject of William Gardiner on Netscape and AOL. The “King Richard” protectors screamed preposterous all the way to Bosworth Market. 

  However, let’s look back in retrospect over the last 30 years and see how this story has progressed. My query has gone from completely preposterous to right on target. According to studies done when Richard III’s remains were found, in 2012, the last English King to be killed in battle fell by a blow to the head delivered by Wyllyam Gardynyr, a common skinner, with a poleaxe. The complete “Hog Wash” of 30 years ago, was confirmed to be true. 

   I find it interesting that the stories that families have passed generation to generation on the Welsh Tract of Pennsylvania (the tales of Lords, Ladies, Kings, Great Battles and better times in England) have ultimately stood the test of time. As we enter the digital age and the information of past generations is uploaded, it seems to be painting a picture that has been left unfinished for many generations.

The following are just a few of facts we've discovered about William and Richard Gardiner that we'll be addressing further

  • Alderman Gardener's arranges for his widow and William Gardener's sister in law Audrey Cotton to marry Sir Gilbert Talbot, Henry Tudors right wing commander at Market Bosworth.  The man Knighted with William Gardynyr on the field at The Battle of Bosworth. 
  • William Gardiner was found with Richards Crown by Rhys ap Thomas.
  • Richard Gardiner, The Father of the City of London was selected London's official representative greeting Henry VII before he entered the city walls. 
  • William Gardiner was married to Ellen Tudor. The daughter of Jasper Tudor Battlefield commander at Battle of Bosworth.  
  • William Gardiner was the Father of the Thomas Gardiner "King's chaplain, son and heir, born in London say 1479” 
  • Ellen Tudor was Jasper Tudors natural daughter and Henry VII, Cousin
  • William Gardiner was kinsman of Alderman Richard Gardiner 
  • Alderman Richard Gardiner was controlling what’s now considered one of the most lucrative trade syndicates on Earth. The expanded story and it's relation to the Crown
  • The handling of the logistics of Henry VII Army? Sir Giles Alington Alderman Gardyner's ward is Henry VIIIs master of Ordinance.
  • What's the hidden story behind the Bishop of Winchester Stephen Gardiner's parent and his early origins and rise to power? 
  • The Gardiner family has a long, yet still undocumented relationship with the Royal Family. Chamberlains - Treasury - Ecclesiastical 
  • William Gardiner was indeed Knighted at Market Bosworth

   Several items of interest come from this overview that we can pursue. An example would be the differences between views: Wikipedia (Gardiner not mentioned) vs King's Slayer Court. History is more than what is written. Too, some viewpoints never get expressed.