THE MEDIEVAL CROWNS OF EDWARD THE CONFESSOR AND QUEEN EDITH

KING RICHARD III AND HIS CONSORT QUEEN ANNE NEVILLE WEARING  EDWARD THE CONFESSOR AND QUEEN EDITH’S CROWNS.  THE ROUS ROLL. THE SAME CROWNS WORN EARLIER BY EDWARD IV AND ELIZABETH WYDVILLE. Photograph by Geoffrey Wheeler.   The first Coronation Crowns, known as the crowns of  Edward the Confessor  (also known as St Edward the Confessor)  and hisContinue reading “THE MEDIEVAL CROWNS OF EDWARD THE CONFESSOR AND QUEEN EDITH”

JOAN NEVILLE, SISTER TO THE KINGMAKER.

The effigies of Joan Neville and her husband William Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel.  On a recent visit to the Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel, I stood transfixed at Joan Neville’s beautiful monument.  Carved from Caen stone.  Joan’s effigy lies next to that of her husband, William Fitzalan Earl of Arundel (1417-1489).  Her head turned toward him, she gazesContinue reading “JOAN NEVILLE, SISTER TO THE KINGMAKER.”

‘RECENT INVESTIGATIONS REGARDING THE FATE OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER’ by L E Tanner and William Wright 1933

Interior view of the Henry Vll Chapel by Giovanni Canaletto.  Henry’s tomb can be seen in the distance with the chapel housing the urn to the left. Lawrence E Tanner Keeper of the Muniments (1926-66)  Librarian, Westminster Abbey Who could blame anyone, after reading Tanner and Wright’s report of their investigation into the infamous bonesContinue reading “‘RECENT INVESTIGATIONS REGARDING THE FATE OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER’ by L E Tanner and William Wright 1933”

AUSTIN FRIARS: LAST RESTING PLACE OF PERKIN WARBECK

Austin Friars today.  This section of road covers part of  the perimeter of the Friary.    With thanks to Eric, Londonist.  Austin Friars in London, was founded about 1260 by Humphrey de Bohun 2nd Earl of Hereford and Constable of England d.1275.   It was rebuilt in 1354 by Humphrey de Bohun d.1361, Humphrey’s greatContinue reading “AUSTIN FRIARS: LAST RESTING PLACE OF PERKIN WARBECK”

CAN A PICTURE PAINT A THOUSAND WORDS? RICARDIAN ART..

It’s said a picture can paint a thousand words.  It certainly can but not always accurately.  It can distort the truth.  Art work based on the Ricardian period is certainly true of this.  Take for example the stunning painting by Edwin Austin Abbey, Richard Duke of Gloucester and the Lady Anne. Richard Duke of GloucesterContinue reading “CAN A PICTURE PAINT A THOUSAND WORDS? RICARDIAN ART..”

THE MEDIEVAL DOGGIE AND EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THEM….

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 tomb effigy of a lady especially, they represent fidelity.Continue reading “THE MEDIEVAL DOGGIE AND EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THEM….”

LONDON’S LOST AND FORGOTTEN RIVERS

Jacob’s Island formed by a loop in the River Neckinger c1860.  Formerly known as Folly Ditch. Watercolour  J L Stewart 1829-1911 Here is a link to a very interesting article on London’s lost and forgotten rivers with details of  some interesting finds including, my favourites , a 12th century triple toilet seat,  a Roman bracket cast inContinue reading “LONDON’S LOST AND FORGOTTEN RIVERS”

“THE MEMORY OF KING RICHARD STILL LAID LIKE LEES AT THE BOTTOM OF MENS HEARTS’ Sir Francis Bacon

Entry from the York City House book…’King Richard late mercifully reigning upon us was thrugh grete treason of the duc of Northefolk and many othre that turned ayenst hyme, with many othre lordes and nobilles of this north parties, was pitiously slain and murdred to the grey hevynesse of this citie’ (1) “The memory of King Richard was so strong itContinue reading ““THE MEMORY OF KING RICHARD STILL LAID LIKE LEES AT THE BOTTOM OF MENS HEARTS’ Sir Francis Bacon”

THE PRIVY PURSE ACCOUNTS OF HENRY VII 1491 to 1505

Is there anyone else like me who enjoys a good nosy around someone’s privy purse accounts.  They can tell us so much about that person.  For example, Henry VII’s Privy Purse Accounts.  From them we can glean, for example,  how did Henry spend his time relaxing , after doing a hard day’s usurping?    WellContinue reading “THE PRIVY PURSE ACCOUNTS OF HENRY VII 1491 to 1505”

QUEEN ANNE NEVILL – HER BURIAL IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY

Queen Anne Neville from  the Salisbury Roll.  Anne’s mantle equates her ancestorial arms with those of England and France. After Anne Neville’s death on the 16th March 1485 , she was given a magnificent funeral in Westminster Abbey ‘with honours no less than befitted the burial of a queen’ (1). Those  wishing to visit theContinue reading “QUEEN ANNE NEVILL – HER BURIAL IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY”