CLATTERN BRIDGE -A MEDIEVAL BRIDGE – KINGSTON UPON THAMES

An updated version of this post can be found at sparkypus.com A Medieval Potpourri Clattern Bridge, Kingston upon Thames, was built prior to 1293 and is still in use today.  It was known as Clateryngbrugge in medieval times maybe because of the sound horses made crossing it. Unfortunately I can find no trace of King… Continue reading CLATTERN BRIDGE -A MEDIEVAL BRIDGE – KINGSTON UPON THAMES

RICHARD III IN EXETER–A PAINTING DISCOVERED

After Buckingham’s rebellion, Richard III rode west from Salisbury, where he’d ordered the faithless Duke executed (interestingly, IMO, on the birthday of the elder ‘Prince in the Tower’ which may well be significant–who knows!) and eventually reached the town of Exeter, after mopping up the last of the rebellion…and the rebels. Although Exeter is not… Continue reading RICHARD III IN EXETER–A PAINTING DISCOVERED

The Copes of Westminster Abbey….?

Do not let the above title confuse you. This is not about a TV family saga miniseries, but a very interesting subject for all that. I still like to watch the repeats of ‘Time Team’, and yesterday it was the turn of the lost sacristy of Westminster Abbey. During the course of the programme, Tony… Continue reading The Copes of Westminster Abbey….?

All you ever wanted to know about mediaeval gardens….

I’m writing this in mid-February. St Valentine’s Day, to be precise, and on my Facebook page I posted the above photograph of snowdrops, taken by my daughter Sarah. Snowdrops are also known as Candlemas Bells and February Fair Maids. Well, most likely numerous other names as well, according to which part of the country you… Continue reading All you ever wanted to know about mediaeval gardens….

DID RICHARD LOVE ANNE?

UPDATED VERSION ON sparkypus.com A Medieval Potpourri https://sparkypus.com/2020/05/20/did-richard-iii-love-anne-neville/ Thanks to the contemporaneous accounts given by Croyland (1) and the Acts of Court (2) we have a good insight into the events that followed, almost immediately, the death of Queen Anne i.e. the rumours that Richard, in his eagerness to marry his niece, hastened the death… Continue reading DID RICHARD LOVE ANNE?

The Bearnshaw Books by N.S. Rose – A New Ricardian Author

For those of you who enjoy reading Ricardian fiction, there is a new Ricardian author to savour. N.S. Rose (Natalie) has based her first novel, ‘Bearnshaw – Legend of the Whyte Doe’ on a Lancashire folk tale: Legend of Bearnshaw Tower/The Milk White Doe’. Born in the Peak District and raised in the Pennines, Natalie… Continue reading The Bearnshaw Books by N.S. Rose – A New Ricardian Author

Oh, woe, Lucy! What a blooper….!

Not long into the final episode of Lucy Worsley’s wonderful series about British History’s Greatest Fibs, the one about India, the British Empire’s Jewel in the Crown, she makes the astonishing statement that Britain’s first arrival in the then Calcutta was not in the Victorian era, but in 1619 by ‘buccaneers’ of the East India Company . Well… Continue reading Oh, woe, Lucy! What a blooper….!

The truth about Henry VII’s private life….!

Beneath that grim exterior, I always knew there was a glamorous Henry VII trying to get out. Cloth of gold and ermine were all very well, but needed to adorn gorgeous gowns of the feminine variety. I always suspected that he sometimes wore a frock, and that he wanted to fling aside his dull wig and let his… Continue reading The truth about Henry VII’s private life….!