A HATPIN & A MYSTERY

Edward IV’S Hatpin?   A fabulous archaeological find has turned up in a Lincolnshire fields–a beautiful golden hatpin shaped like the Sun in Splendour and bearing an intact amethyst stone. An extremely high status object without a doubt and estimated at £15,000. But whose was it? Unfortunately the article accompanying the find is full of… Continue reading A HATPIN & A MYSTERY

Henry VII…er…Henry of Windsor, and his badges….

The following excerpt, concerning royal badges, is from here: “. . .Richard I, John, and Henry III. are all said to have used the device of the crescent and star (Fig. 680). Henry VII. is best known by his two badges of the crowned portcullis and the “sun-burst” (Fig. 681). The suggested origin of the… Continue reading Henry VII…er…Henry of Windsor, and his badges….

The Church of St. Alkelda at Middleham

History of St Mary and St Alkelda Church If you go to Middleham, your priority will be to visit the castle of King Richard III but you can’t leave this fabulous town of the Dales without having a look at the church of St Mary and St Alkelda. This church is a must for visitors,… Continue reading The Church of St. Alkelda at Middleham

Livery colours, badges, and the Battle of Barnet…

Once again, I have been rambling around the internet, seeking information about livery colours. In the process I came upon the following site, which has an abundance of interesting information about many aspects of the medieval period. http://history.stackexchange.com/questions/13103/whose-colors-coat-of-arms-did-men-of-arms-wear-in-a-feudal-army-14th-century The link deals with one area of interest, but the main site covers a lot more. One… Continue reading Livery colours, badges, and the Battle of Barnet…