Here, a little-known television journalist-historian named Dominic Selwood disputes the identity of Richard III’s remains, despite the mtDNA match with collateral descendants in Canada and Australia, their height, age of death, era of death, scoliosis, battle injuries, region of origin and the location of his original burial at the choir of the Greyfriars. In fact… Continue reading In the teeth of the evidence
SIR THOMAS BURGH c.1430-1496 AND GAINSBOROUGH OLD HALL
Reblogged from A Medieval Potpourri @sparkypus.com Gainsborough Old Hall. Photo thanks to Graham Oxford Photography Street. Sir Thomas Burgh was the builder of Gainsborough Hall, as seen today, after inheriting the original building in 1455 on the death of his mother Elizabeth Percy, when he was 24 years old. The building and enhancement, which took… Continue reading SIR THOMAS BURGH c.1430-1496 AND GAINSBOROUGH OLD HALL
More Legendary Ten Seconds songs …
… with Jules Jones as lead vocalist: A new album highlighting the singing of Jules Jones on some of her favourite songs of the Legendary Ten Seconds.Recorded in Torbay, Kingsteignton, Teignmouth and Madron.Released on Richard the Third Records, Songs mastered by Phil Swann in Kingsteignton.Jules Jones lead and harmony singingIan Churchward guitars, keyboards, mandolin, mandola, ukulele… Continue reading More Legendary Ten Seconds songs …
Did Henry VII believe in vampires….?
My devotion to watching TV documentaries often turns up odd bits and pieces. This time the culprit is “Curse of the Vampire” from Mythical Beasts, series 1, episode 3, shown on Sky History 2. As you might expect, the theme was the strong medieval belief that the dead could return to torment the living as… Continue reading Did Henry VII believe in vampires….?
What do you know of Greasley Castle….?
I have to say that Greasley isn’t a castle that comes easily to mind, even though a former occupant fought for Richard III at Bosworth. It’s in Nottinghamshire, dates to the 14th century, and was larger and more opulent than Haddon Hall, which I do know, of course. A certain Nicholas de Cantelupe built… Continue reading What do you know of Greasley Castle….?
Whose horse once wore this item of chest harness….?
In 2011/2012 a hoard of medieval artefacts was discovered down a well at the remains of castle of Caherduggan, near Doneraile, Co Cork. It included a complete peytrel/peytral/poitrel for a horse, which names derive from pectoral. Peytrels were worn around the horse’s chest, and although I’d never heard the name before, I recognised what it… Continue reading Whose horse once wore this item of chest harness….?
Two famous lovers I cannot love….!
We all know the story of John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford/de Roët. It was a wonderful, passionate love affair that ended with Gaunt, a prince of the realm, making the relatively lowly Katherine his third duchess. Yes, a great romance, and it was fact, not fiction. However, historically speaking, both of them had… Continue reading Two famous lovers I cannot love….!
The Treacherous ‘King of Carew’
Recently I went on a little jaunt to visit some fine Welsh Castles. One of those happened to be Carew in Pembrokshire, an impressive limestone fortress overlong Carew inlet, which is part of the Milford Haven Waterway. Built by the Norman Gerald of Windsor, the site stands on the lands of his wife, the… Continue reading The Treacherous ‘King of Carew’
Thomas Stanley – warrior! (A little-known military exploit by our hero.)
In 1456 the aggressive King of Scots, James II, sent an armed expedition against the Isle of Man. As is well-known, Man was at this time a private lordship owned by the then Stanleys, who was known as ‘King of Man.’ Retaliation was swift and led by Stanley’s son, Thomas – yes, he of Bosworth… Continue reading Thomas Stanley – warrior! (A little-known military exploit by our hero.)
Bosworth and the builder of Bury Castle….
James Daly is the Member of Parliament for Bury North, but we can forgive him for that. Being a Member of Parliament, I hasten to say, certainly not Bury North! He is concerned about this historic site in Bury that is in danger of disappearing. In 1469 Sir Thomas Pilkington acquired a licence to crenellate,… Continue reading Bosworth and the builder of Bury Castle….