THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF EDWARD IV

Edward IV 1442-1483 Society of Antiquaries of London For a king whose reign is otherwise well documented it is curious that the cause of Edward’s death remains a mystery.  It would also appear his death was unexpected.  It seems he was first taken ill at the end of March and despite having access to someContinue reading “THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF EDWARD IV”

The Coronation Chair and Stone of Scone

Westminster Abbey place of Richard and Anne’s joint Coronation.  @Association of English Cathedrals When King Richard  III and  Queen Anne  were  both crowned on the 6th July 1483,  a crucial part of the ceremony involved Richard being crowned with St Edward’s crown and invested with  the royal regalia while sitting on the Coronation chair alsoContinue reading “The Coronation Chair and Stone of Scone”

Murder and mayhem in medieval London

Here is a link to an interesting map and article on the murder hotspots of medieval London.  Click on a dot and details pop up of that particular murder. Most of the culprits either just simply disappeared pronto or skedaddled into sanctuary and  frustratingly the outcomes are not shown.  The vast majority of the victimsContinue reading “Murder and mayhem in medieval London”

DID RICHARD III LOVE ANNE NEVILLE ‘MOST DEARLY BELOVED CONSORT’?

A King and Queen.   Dated c 1480s – could these paintings be based upon Anne And Richard? The Eaton Wall Paintings Queen Anne Neville died on the 16th March 1485 less than a year after her small son Edward who had died some time in April 1484.  The Croyland Chronicler tells us that sheContinue reading “DID RICHARD III LOVE ANNE NEVILLE ‘MOST DEARLY BELOVED CONSORT’?”

CROSBY PLACE – HOME TO THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER 1483

  The arms of Richard III in Crosby Hall  On June 5th 1483 the Duchess of Gloucester arrived in London and joined her husband at Crosby Place (1).  She had left both her small son and and  home at Middleham to join her husband, who had been staying  until then, with his mother at BaynardsContinue reading “CROSBY PLACE – HOME TO THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER 1483”

Useful Shakespearean Insults for every Occasion….

William Shakespeare @Abdul Rahim One, or two,  of these  may come in useful the next time you find yourself lost for words……. “Villain, I have done thy mother” (Really rude and should only be used in the event you don’t mind your lights being punched out..) Titus Andronicus (Act 4, Scene 2) “You scullion! YouContinue reading “Useful Shakespearean Insults for every Occasion….”

The Coronation Feast of King Richard III and his Queen

Westminster Hall venue of the King Richard III and Queen Anne Neville’s Coronation Feast. Queen Anne and King Richard from the Rous Roll.  Anne is wearing the Crown of Queen Edith and Richard wears the Crown of St Edward.  And so dear reader, on the 6 July 1483 Richard and Anne were crowned. We doContinue reading “The Coronation Feast of King Richard III and his Queen”

The Bones in the Urn again!…a 17th Century Hoax?

19th century painting of the Henry VII Chapel by an unknown artist.  The entrance to the area where the urn stands is to the left of the tomb of Henry VII Helen Maurer, in her wonderful article, Whodunnit: The Suspects in the Case  mentioned in the notes : ‘As for why the bones should have been discovered moreContinue reading “The Bones in the Urn again!…a 17th Century Hoax?”

St Stephen’s Westminster – Chapel to Kings and Queens

Reconstruction of a Medieval Painting from St Stephens Chapel. Possibly Queen Philippa with her daughter.  Ernest William Tristram c.1927.   Worked from original drawings made by the antiquarian Richard Smirke 1800-1811 before the fire of 1834. Society of Antiquities.   Parliamentary Art Collection St Stephen’s was the medieval royal chapel of the Kings and Queens ofContinue reading “St Stephen’s Westminster – Chapel to Kings and Queens”

THE CARMELITE FRIARY OF NORWICH KNOWN AS WHITEFRIARS – BURIAL PLACE OF ELEANOR TALBOT

COWGATE NORWICH, DAVID HODGSON c.1860.  WHITEFRIARS STOOD ON THE EASTERN SIDE BETWEEN THE CHURCH OF ST JAMES POCKTHORPE (SEEN ABOVE) AND THE RIVER A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY..NORWICH MUSEUM On 30 June 1468, died  Eleanor Butler nee Talbot.   Eleanor came from an illustrious family.  Her father was the great John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, herContinue reading “THE CARMELITE FRIARY OF NORWICH KNOWN AS WHITEFRIARS – BURIAL PLACE OF ELEANOR TALBOT”