It is a fact that the medieval Church was ruthless in its acts and ambitions. We all know of particular popes, cardinals and archbishops who would stop at nothing to achieve their own personal and political ends, but it came as a surprise to me to discover just how brutal the Church could be on… Continue reading Medieval monks often lacked all trace of holiness….
Excavations at Bath Abbey
In 1485, there were 22 monks residing at Bath Abbey, the place where Edgar was crowned ‘King of the English’ in 973 AD. However, the abbey was in decline and by 1499, when Bishop Oliver King visited it, to his shock the building was ruinous. King began a rebuilding project, making it the last great… Continue reading Excavations at Bath Abbey
An excellent article about Richard, but some weird ideas amid the comments….
Here is another fine article by Matthew Lewis, concerning whether or not Richard III was a villain, or a good king. Matt is, as always, excellent to read, and puts forward the strong case that Richard was good. Well, we all know this to be so, but some of the comments following the article are a little… Continue reading An excellent article about Richard, but some weird ideas amid the comments….
Tales of a Ricardian Traveler – Part Two: Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle
Originally posted on RICARDIAN LOONS:
Lady on Horseback, mid-15th c., British Museum My previous Travel Tales blog talked about the Forest of Bowland and Skipton. Today, we’re going to two places that sometimes get forgotten by the traveler who is interested in visiting places having some Richard III connections: Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle. ?…
Elizabeth Woodville/Wydeville/Widville and her woes.
Elsewhere, Arlene Okerlund had posted a very interesting blog post about Elizabeth Woodville. The post emphasises the suffering Elizabeth endured and her many losses. It would be inhuman to deny that suffering, although it must be pointed out that such trials were not unique to this particular woman. Almost anyone from an elite family (and… Continue reading Elizabeth Woodville/Wydeville/Widville and her woes.