A PERIOD DEPICTION OF EDWARD IV & ELIZABETH WOODVILLE

Recently I came across these two roundels from a late medieval manuscript, held in the John Rylands Library, which depict Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville seated on thrones, crowned and holding their sceptres. These two miniatures are extremely colourful even after the intervening 500 + years and hold lots of interesting details, including, in the… Continue reading A PERIOD DEPICTION OF EDWARD IV & ELIZABETH WOODVILLE

THE BOARS OF BARNARD CASTLE

Many of us have visited Barnard Castle, one of the prime residences of Richard III when he was Duke of Gloucester, and gazed up at the eroded carving of a boar on the ceiling of the ruinous chamber that has a large window overlooking the river. (Richard clearly liked a scenic view!) However, there are… Continue reading THE BOARS OF BARNARD CASTLE

THE LOST CHAPEL OF THE PRINCE BISHOPS

Once upon a time, in the 13th century, in the grounds of Auckland Castle, there stood a mighty northern chapel that was almost as large as St George’s at Windsor and bigger than St Stephen’s Chapel at Westminster. The Prince-Archbishop Antony Bek was its founder, a man so powerful it was said by some that… Continue reading THE LOST CHAPEL OF THE PRINCE BISHOPS

Thomas More and the Removal Men

Thomas More’s detailed and heart-wrenching account of the murders of Edward IV’s sons is well known, and is usually either accepted or dismissed in toto so it would probably be useful to pause at this point to remind ourselves exactly what it was that Thomas More claimed had happened to the boys and why opinions… Continue reading Thomas More and the Removal Men

More on More

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”(Marmion, Sir Walter Scott) We all know that there was some deception in Thomas More‘s “History“, but how much? In Cairo, they think that the whole first half of his narrative is the gospel truth but the second half is an invention –… Continue reading More on More

Edward IV and…Richard III….?

  I really can’t imagine why anyone would carve Richard III (above right) looking like this. To me it’s just a head. I can more accept the image on the left as being Edward IV. Both are figures on corbels at either end of the chancel arch in St Mary’s Church, Barnard Castle. Richard was… Continue reading Edward IV and…Richard III….?

To put up a sign or not to put up a sign, that is the question….

  Here’s a tricky one. We need signs to direct us to places, in this case the Bowes Museum and “antiques quarter” in Barnard Castle. But putting up such a sign will interfere with a view of the famous Market Cross. So…should there be a sign or not? To read more, go to this Teesdale… Continue reading To put up a sign or not to put up a sign, that is the question….

Barnard Castle’s historic church with Richard III connections….

    A 900-YEAR-OLD church {pingback to 19 July} has been designated as one the country’s most significant. Here is the opening paragraph of the link below:- “….The grade I-listed St Mary’s Parish Church, in Barnard Castle, is one of 350 out of 16,0000 to be classified as being a ‘major parish church’ by the… Continue reading Barnard Castle’s historic church with Richard III connections….

The children of Barnard Castle delve into history….

The following passages are taken from the Teesdale Mercury “….HUNDREDS of children in and around Barnard Castle have been learning more about medieval ailments while helping St Mary’s Church in the town raise cash for vital repairs. “….The church is working with archaeology group DigVentures to engage people in the town’s heritage as part of… Continue reading The children of Barnard Castle delve into history….