Well, we all know the story (and that’s just what it was, a story) about the demise of the boys’ uncle, George, Duke of Clarence, in a butt of Malmsey, but this is the first I’ve heard of the boys themselves suffering a similar fate. I quote: “The manner of their death triggered debate… Continue reading Now the boys in the Tower were drowned in Malmsey….?
Month: Sep 2018
The meaning of Michaelmas….
The following article is taken from this article by Ben Johnson: “Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is celebrated on 29th September. As it falls near the equinox, the day is associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days; in England, it is one of the “quarter days”. There are… Continue reading The meaning of Michaelmas….
Look who’s coming to dinner….
The following is taken from this interview in History Extra “Q: Which three historical figures would you invite to a dinner party and why? “Queen Anne Neville. Frustratingly little is known of her life. I’d love to know if Anne was happily married to Richard III and how she felt about the events of 1483,… Continue reading Look who’s coming to dinner….
Another take on Richard de la Pole
Here, the American blogger Samantha Wilcoxson writes about Lord Richard’s life in his capacity as the last free son of John, 2nd Duke of Suffolk, and as an exile from the England of the first two “Tudors”, before dying at Pavia and being buried in the Basilica of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro there (right). From Lord Richard’s Wikipedia page,… Continue reading Another take on Richard de la Pole
Another site of maps old and new….
I have just learned of another site that allows one to see a local area in maps past and present. Interesting, and worth bookmarking. Only West of England at the moment, as far as I can see. Let’s hope the rest of the country is eventually given the same coverage. The illustration shows the part of Gloucester… Continue reading Another site of maps old and new….
So where exactly is “Orwell”?
Harwich Town station is the end of the line, a twenty-five minute ride from Manningtree and the north-eastern extremity of Essex. As you cross the main road from the station car park, turning left takes you past a series of old buildings with Harwich Society plaques amid a modern setting. Some of these commemorate people such… Continue reading So where exactly is “Orwell”?
Dear Henry: Buckingham’s letter to Henry Tudor. . .
Here is a passage from https://englishhistory.net/tudor/monarchs/the-road-to-bosworth-battle-of-bosworth-field/ I quote: “…Buckingham [wrote] a letter to Henry on 24 September 1483 which stated he would support the rebellion against Richard, even though he and Henry’s interests may not be perfectly compatible. What is certain is that Buckingham suspected his own life was forfeit with Richard III; he and… Continue reading Dear Henry: Buckingham’s letter to Henry Tudor. . .
A Song for the Stanleys
On the battlefield of Towton We were rearmost of the rear We were tasked to guard the baggage And to keep the exits clear But when the foe was vanquished And ran away in frantic fear We charged right in (We charged right in) We charged right in (We charged right in) We showed them… Continue reading A Song for the Stanleys
“On the Trail of the Mortimers”
This song was written in conjunction with the Mortimer History Society for Philip Hume’s book about the noble family.
The history of Sandal Castle, and Richard’s place in its past….
Here is an article about Sandal Castle, and Richard’s place in its history.