It seems that Oxfordshire is one of our most haunted county. Maybe. But I know of a few that would claim more ghosts. At the risk of irritating a whole bunch of folk, I’ll say my next-door county of Gloucestershire has the most ghosts of all. OK, OK, don’t all shout and wave your… Continue reading Some ghosts of Oxfordshire, but try Gloucestershire for size too….
REBLOGGED FROM A MEDIEVAL POTPOURRI @ sparkypus.com Joan Neville and her husband William Fitzalan Earl of Arundel lie together to this day in their beautiful tomb in the chapel at Arundel Castle. Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury (d. 1460) and his wife Alice Montacute had 10 children, including two sons, Richard Earl of Warwick and John… Continue reading THE SIX SISTERS OF WARWICK THE KINGMAKER
Reblogged from sparkypus.com A Medieval Potpourri https://wordpress.com/post/sparkypus.com/754 Minster Lovell at sunset @Colin Whitaker Minster Lovell Hall, Oxfordshire lies in beautiful, atmospheric ruins set amongst trees besides the River Windrush in the heart of the Cotswolds. Pevensey describes these ruins to be ‘still the most picturesque in the country’. It was at least… Continue reading MINSTER LOVELL HALL, HOME TO FRANCIS LOVELL VISCOUNT LOVELL
Following his coronation, Richard III – like all medieval monarchs – went on his “royal progress” through the realm. Along with an entourage in excess of 200 household men, ecclesiastics, supporters, and administrative officials, he visited towns and cities as far west as the River Severn, as far north as the River Ouse, and as… Continue reading The Royal Progress of Richard III
Richard brought to Greyfriars for Burial. Artwork Emma Vieceli Reblogged from Sparkypus.com We Speak No Treason And so once more the awful date has come and gone. Many fictional Ricardian novels have been written based on Richard and his life but surely the scenes of the aftermath of Bosworth in We speak no Treason written by the late Rosemary Hawley… Continue reading ‘WE SPEAK NO TREASON’ – Rosemary Hawley Jarman
I came upon this article, in Wales Online, not because of the gross over-claiming of expenses by certain members of the Welsh Assembly, but because one member of said Assembly happens to live in a beautiful and historic Wiltshire manor house. Toward the end of the article you’ll find the following: “….The historic building… Continue reading Collingbourne’s nice little pad in Wiltshire….
Author and historian Matthew Lewis has continued his excellent series of short videos reviewing various Wars of the Roses books and talking about all things Yorkist (and more besides.) One of his latest YouTube videos reviews the recent book release LOVELL OUR DOGGE by Michele Schindler, a non-fiction offering that helps to fill the rather… Continue reading New Video Review by Matthew Lewis of Michele Schindler’s LOVELL OUR DOGGE
UPDATED POST ON sparkypus.com A Medieval Potpourri at https://sparkypus.com/2020/05/14/the-medieval-doggie-and-everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-them-2/ It’s obvious from the amount of depictions of dogs from the medieval period they were highly prized by our ancestors, both for work and play. They are everywhere! Their delightful little figures pop up on tombs, heraldry and manuscripts regularly. Some think, when depicted on a… Continue reading THE MEDIEVAL DOGGIE AND EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THEM….
The above illustration is take from this site, which is not only about this startling news, but also displays the wonderful reconstruction above. Here are the opening paragraphs of the article:- “….THE undiscovered body of a 15th-century nobleman could secure the future of a historic village church. “….The final resting place of Francis Lovell, a… Continue reading A possible search for the remains of Francis Lovell….!
Recently I attended a family gathering in the little old town of Brackley. I was intrigued by the medieval chapel and adjacent buildings in the centre of town, which are now part of Magdalen School (unfortunately all private; you can’t explore them). By their appearance, I guessed they might have once been monastic buildings and… Continue reading Lovell’s Hospital in Brackley