My latest target for research is the English garrison/bastion of Brest, on the coast of Brittany, specifically the final years of the 14th century before it was handed back to the Bretons. My interest had been aroused when reading Ducal Brittany 1364-1399, by Michael Jones. In it I learned of the practice of… Continue reading The imposition of ransom….
Elizabeth Woodville Royal Window Canterbury Cathedral Reblogged from A Medieval Potpourri sparkypus.com Very soon after the clandestine marriage of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville had taken place in 1464 it became abundantly clear to the old nobility that the siblings of the new Queen would henceforth be having their pick of the most sought after heirs and heiresses of… Continue reading THE MARRIAGES OF THE SIBLINGS OF ELIZABETH WOODVILLE
An important bridge not far from Middleham Castle is to be repaired to prevent “structural instability and failure”. It was once described in a sketch by celebrated artist JMW Turner as “The Entrance To Wensleydale”, and is key for those travelling between Wensleydale and Harrogate, Ripon and Masham. If there is such a sketch, I… Continue reading Middleham Bridge to be repaired….
We’re often told that the medieval period was one of bright colours. The interiors of castles and great houses were painted with vivid scenes, and the churches and cathedrals were brilliantly decorated. It’s one thing to know this, but quite another to actually see what it might have been like. The above illustration of… Continue reading Wells Cathedral, in glorious Medieval Technicolor…!
I love Lincoln Cathedral and Turner, and here they are together. Absolutely beautiful, and a view that cannot have changed much since the 15th century. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=743734&partId=1 Of course, Richard did visit Lincoln, and would have seen very much the same scene the Turner recreates so wonderfully. The following small extracts are from ‘The World of… Continue reading Richard, Lincoln Cathedral, and a beautiful Turner drawing….