One of Salisbury‘s claims to fame is that it was the place of execution of Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, infamous rebel and possible killer of one or both ‘princes in the Tower‘ (that’s if they were killed at all.) According to legend he was held at the Blue Boar Inn/Saracen’s Head and executed in… Continue reading Buckingham’s Bones–Supposedly
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Why did the Greyfriars of Leicester make such haste to bury Richard III….?
This link reveals an interesting account of about the discovery and archaeology of Richard’s original resting place in Leicester, and the modern techniques used to find out all that could be learned. I confess I was a little dismayed to hear the Blue Boar described as a “coaching inn”. Really? In 1485? I hoped… Continue reading Why did the Greyfriars of Leicester make such haste to bury Richard III….?
BUCKINGHAM’S CHOPPING BLOCK?
Recently it has come to my attention that Salisbury Museum holds a carved wooden box which, according to local legend, was fashioned out of the original headman’s block on which Henry Stafford was executed on November 2, 1483. The carving of the box into its present shape took place in Victorian times. Why anyone would… Continue reading BUCKINGHAM’S CHOPPING BLOCK?
A 19th-century description of Bosworth Field that is definitely pro-Richard….!
The following rather flowery but decidedly pro-Richard account of Bosworth is taken from an 1838 publication called ‘Legends of Leicester, in the olden time’, by Thomas Featherstone. London: Whittaker & Co., Ave Maria Lane. C. Tilt, Fleet Street. J.G. Brown, Leicester. You will find it here I have copied the text as faithfully as I can,… Continue reading A 19th-century description of Bosworth Field that is definitely pro-Richard….!
Relive the last journeys of Richard III….
There are events taking place in Leicester this month, but I have extracted the following from here, because it concerns Richard. :- “Heritage Open Days – across Leicester – Thurs, Sept 6- Sun, Sept 9 and Thurs, Sept 13 – Sun, Sept 16 “As part of a national initiative, Leicester’s heritage buildings, parks, universities, businesses, creative… Continue reading Relive the last journeys of Richard III….
There was room at the Blue Boar for Richard III….
Here is an article from the Leicester Mercury: “Apart from a recent council explanatory information panel tucked on its side wall above a litter bin, few passers-by would know that the modern brick box building housing a hotel and casino was the site of Leicester’s most famous inn, that once was the penultimate stop of… Continue reading There was room at the Blue Boar for Richard III….