… 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 …
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….?
This locomotive ‘Fair Rosamund’ was the only one of its class to carry a name. It was, of course, named after Rosamund Clifford and usually worked on the Great Western Railway’s Woodstock branch, near Oxford. Rosamund Clifford (mistress of Henry II) came from Clifford Castle near Hay in the Marches. This castle was associated with… Continue reading ‘Fair Rosamund’
Coldharbour – An Important Medieval London House
Reblogged from A Medieval Potpourri @sparkypus.com A segment of the Visscher Panorama of London 1616 showing Coldharbour after the earlier medieval house had been demolished by the Earl of Shrewsbury c.1585 and rebuilt up to the waterfront. The rebuild incorporated many tenements ‘now letten out for great rents to people of all sorts’ (Stow). … Continue reading Coldharbour – An Important Medieval London House
The many faces of John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln….
Some time ago I posted about a painting called Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap from this exhibition by Titian, which I’d “adapted” to become a portrait of John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln. This adaptation has popped up all over the place since then, and now I’ve happened upon it again… Continue reading The many faces of John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln….
Figures Hidden in a Royal Book
BL Royal 19 E V is a medieval manuscript that once belonged to Edward IV. It was compiled for him in Bruges in 1480. The content is the Romuleon, a translation of a history of Rome, and amongst the tales of Emperors and Empresses, it contains the symbols of its royal owner–the Arms of England,… Continue reading Figures Hidden in a Royal Book
Sir William Stanley – Turncoat or Loyalist..
UPDATED POST FROM A MEDIEVAL POTPOURRI @sparkypus.com Sir William Stanley crowning Henry Tudor with the fallen King Richard’s crown in the aftermath of the Battle of Bosworth. Unknown artist.. It is well documented how, through the treasonable and treacherous actions of Sir William Stanley at Bosworth, Richard III lost his crown and his life. He… Continue reading Sir William Stanley – Turncoat or Loyalist..
How many English pubs are named after monarchs….?
Well, obviously a lot of our pubs bear the names of kings and queens, with Queen Victoria heading the list above. I’m surprised to find Kings George III, George IV and William IV galloping up behind her, while all the rest are far more thinly spread. Why are these four monarchs, who all reigned… Continue reading How many English pubs are named after monarchs….?
The Weasel was a snake not a dragon ….!
Well, after a hard, too-hot day, (This was written last summer!) it’s always refreshing to have a snigger at the Weasel’s expense. It began when I happened upon the following statement: “….One of the earliest examples is a collection of astrological texts by Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaeus), John Killingworth, Guido Bonatti, Plato of Tivoli. On its… Continue reading The Weasel was a snake not a dragon ….!
The appointment of women to the Garter. (Medieval era).
I have been trying to make sense of the method by which women were appointed to the Garter in the middle ages, and have concluded there was no system. Of course, as with the knights, who were nominally ‘elected’ by the other knights, it all came down to royal favour. But with the knights, there… Continue reading The appointment of women to the Garter. (Medieval era).