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Kenilworth Castle, courtesy of Minecraft….!

Kenilworth Castle, time of Elizabeth I, Minecraft

Now we’d like to “see” a few more castles in which we’re interested!

 

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The story of Middleham Castle….

Middleham Castle

The Battle of Wakefield took place on 30th December, 1460. It ended when Richard, Duke of York, lost his life. As did his second son, Edmund, Earl of Rutland. The victors were the Lancastrians, in the name of their feeble-minded king, Henry VI.

York’s claim to the throne finally came to fruition in the forms of two of his other sons, Edward IV and the youngest, Richard III. And one of Richard’s favourite homes—if not the most favourite—was Middleham Castle in Yorkshire.

But Middleham Castle was around for a long time before Richard came along, and was still there when he had gone. To read more of its history, which includes the great Earl of Warwick, the “Kingmaker”, go here.

 

Another female jouster

Recently, we posted about female jousters and here is one you will recognise …

 

Virtual tours of 29 English Heritage sites….

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Here’s some good news for all those who love history and would like to see around some English Heritage sites, but cannot. Thanks to an item on Sky News, I have learned of a new project which provides virtual tours of 29 sites. The above view of Whitby Abbey is taken from one of these.

It’s all well worth investigating. Thoroughly recommended.

 

The History of Eltham Palace….

copyright Historic England - illustration by Peter Urmston - Eltham Palace

Copyright Historic England, illustration by Peter Urmston.

While browsing around, looking for a particular illustration of a medieval great hall, I happened upon the above picture, which is an imagining of the hall at Eltham PalaceĀ toward the end of the 15th century. I think, but can’t be sure, that the king seated splendidly at the far end is Edward IV. But it could be Richard III, or even (heaven forfend) Henry VII. The likelihood seems to be Edward.

This link will take you to an English Heritage site all about Eltham. It contains some wonderful illustrations, showing Eltham from the outside, and this view of the great hall. The whole site is well worth saving somewhere in your myriad files.

Richard at Eltham Palace - reduced

Of course, being a Ricardian, I am certain there is something essential missing from the gathering. So here it is again (mirrored for artistic reasons) with Richard himself to make it complete!

 

 

How to organise an invasion fleet

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/learn/1066-and-the-norman-conquest/how-to-organise-a-norman-invasion-fleet/

{particularly when you are coming from France with a few thousand mercenaries and no lineal claim to the English throne}

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