Lancastrian Sword Returns to Coventry

A ceremonial sword which was carried before the mayor of Coventry in royal processions during the Wars of the Roses is making a return to the city this summer. Coventry was a Lancastrian town, loyal to Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou, and was England’s fourth biggest city at the time. It was also briefly… Continue reading Lancastrian Sword Returns to Coventry

The Legendary Ten Seconds’ new versions

This is the new version of the LTS’ Lord Protector Richard III. Less Fortunate than Fair and Half Angel appear on the same album, the former having lyrics by Sandra Heath Wilson. Below, with the Semi Acoustic 2021 inner sleeve are the lyrics of Half Angel: Half Angel Such a warm September eveningThoughts of harvest… Continue reading The Legendary Ten Seconds’ new versions

Knights united in life and in death….

In 1913 a medieval tomb was unearthed during excavations at the Arap Mosque in modern day Istanbul. It dated from 1391 and was a double tomb of two English knights, Sir William Neville and Sir John Clanvowe. That they were buried together is strange enough, but the carving on the tomb depicts them facing each… Continue reading Knights united in life and in death….

Does a griffin’s head have legs in the air 😯….?

  Here is another little puzzle to thwart my writing intentions. Always liking some background ‘colour”, I started chasing up the armorial devices of the Chadertons of Lancashire. I discovered the main one featured a griffin. So I resorted to my copy of The Royal Armory (the weight of which tests my aging muscles!) There… Continue reading Does a griffin’s head have legs in the air 😯….?

We sailed against the Spanish Armada flying the Union Jack….

  Oh, puLEEEZE! Not English ships flying the Union Jack when fighting the Spanish Armada! The offending source of this blooper? One of the Drain the Ocean series of TV documentaries (Series 2, episode 7, entitled Secrets of the Spanish Armada) . The picture above is from the episode, but I couldn’t find one of… Continue reading We sailed against the Spanish Armada flying the Union Jack….

Leaks, thistles and crosses of all kinds….

No, I haven’t made a boo-boo, the subject line of this article from Inside Wales Sport does indeed say “leaks”. A friend has wondered if this means Wales is a land in dire need of plumbers! This was a clear invitation to examine the rest of the article for further bloopers. I’ll start with England’s… Continue reading Leaks, thistles and crosses of all kinds….

Three lions on a shirt….English football and Richard the Lionheart….

“….He spent little time in England but one very famous king’s emblem is now on the lips of millions in the country he ruled but rarely visited. Football fans across the land are singing ‘Three Lions on a Shirt’ and it’s all thanks to Richard I….” Well, that’s about all for which England has to… Continue reading Three lions on a shirt….English football and Richard the Lionheart….

The Bacon family and the Quaplode boar….

As is natural, Ricardians are always interested in heraldry depicting boars. And one might expect a family named Bacon to sport a member of the family Suidae on its escutcheon. However, it seems the connection between Bacon and boars is not at the root of it:- “….You may think that the boar is a pun… Continue reading The Bacon family and the Quaplode boar….

The man who eluded a Tudor charge of treason….!

William Dacre, 3rd Baron Dacre, did the miraculous….in the reign of Henry VIII he survived a charge of treason under the Tudors! Yes, really, like this case!  He was exonerated on 9 July 1534. The link below gives 1535. “…Dacre was acquitted but as with all things Tudor there is a sting in the tale.… Continue reading The man who eluded a Tudor charge of treason….!

The origins of the White Rose of York?

According to Caroline Halstead in Richard III As Duke Of Gloucester And King of England, the White Rose derives from Clifford Castle (near Hay-on-Wye). It therefore came to the York family as part of their inheritance from the Mortimers, who had themselves inherited Clifford Castle. But why is Clifford Castle associated with a white rose?… Continue reading The origins of the White Rose of York?