An Open Sesame to all sorts of links to the mediaeval world….

While Googling around in search of old portraits, I happened upon this interesting site, which has a LOT of pictures/information on mediaeval jewellery, as well as portraits and many things of note for those who like the mediaeval period. A very satisfying way to pass a little time in amiable browsing. The link is to rings… Continue reading An Open Sesame to all sorts of links to the mediaeval world….

If Anne Neville had been pictured at York…

Here (with the prospect of York Minister through the window) is a composite picture of Richard III’s queen, Anne Neville, who died in 1485, not long after their son died too. Richard was left alone, facing the gathering storm of invasion by Henry Tudor. The original illustration (also above), much tweaked, is of Mary of Burgundy (whose… Continue reading If Anne Neville had been pictured at York…

First he scowls, then he smiles….

Oh, the wonder of computers. They can impart such power, even to making Richard III show his true colours at last, by smiling from his hitherto moody portrait. The portrait of him held by the Society of Antiquaries is believed to be the earliest of the few portraits that still survive of Richard. All of… Continue reading First he scowls, then he smiles….

The Fotheringhay Boar(s)

In all my travels to England, I had yet to visit Fotheringhay, the place where Richard III was born on October 2, 1452, and where his grand-uncle, father, mother and brother Edmund are buried. So, when planning our latest trip this past October, I made it a high priority that my husband and I should… Continue reading The Fotheringhay Boar(s)

Henry VII, or not Henry VII, that is the question….

Now then, I look at the above portraits and do not see Henry VII of England (1457-1509) on the right or below. The portrait on the above left is Henry. The general consensus is that the other two more resemble Vlad the Impaler. Well, the one on the right does, while the clothing of the one below… Continue reading Henry VII, or not Henry VII, that is the question….

Who painted that portrait? And when…?

For anyone interested in portraits of those who lived centuries ago, it can be very frustrating—if not to say aggravating—to come across one portrait, that recurs all over the internet and identifies the people in it, but that is all. No date, no artist, nothing. A good example is this portrait of Henry VII with his… Continue reading Who painted that portrait? And when…?

Little bit of history in this beautiful artefact from our King John era . . . .

I am posting this courtesy of Leigh Griffiths of the Mortimer History Society. A papal bull is an official paper document issued by the pope or his office. The term derived from this fascinating device which was used to seal the formal bull.. The Bulla. (Latin, Bullire, to boil. A reference to the bubble like shape… Continue reading Little bit of history in this beautiful artefact from our King John era . . . .

Adapting a famous painting to fit my own purposes….

I like to ‘create’ pictures with a Ricardian theme, but am not a gifted artist, and so I have been underhanded enough to ‘adapt’ the work of others. I do admit to doing this, and if I know the original artist/title, I say so. And I’m getting more adventurous as times goes one. My first efforts were really very… Continue reading Adapting a famous painting to fit my own purposes….

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