ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE, JOHN TIPTOFT AND THE EARL OF DESMOND

Elizabeth Wydeville. British School 16th century artist unknown.Did pillow talk between her and Edward IV seal the Earl Of Desmond’s fate?. I like to be fair.   I really do.   Even when I find it hard.  Take Elizabeth Wydeville ..or not if you prefer. Although I am not and never will be a fanContinue reading “ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE, JOHN TIPTOFT AND THE EARL OF DESMOND”

Edmund, Earl of Rutland, a life cut short.

Fotheringhay Church and  Yorkist Mausoleum 1804.   Watercolour by unknown artist.   A link here to an excellent article on Edmund, Earl of Rutland.  The History Geeks can be found on Facebook: The article also give a plausible reason as to why Edmund’s christening ceremony at Rouen was much more opulent than his brother Edward’sContinue reading “Edmund, Earl of Rutland, a life cut short.”

Elizabeth of York – her privy purse expenses

Henry Vll and his children in mourning for Elizabeth of York.  An idealised presentation of Henry.    His children ,  Margaret and Mary  sitting in front of the fire while a young Henry weeps into his mother’s empty bed.  From the Vaux Passional, a 15th century manuscript. And so on this day Elizabeth gave birth to herContinue reading “Elizabeth of York – her privy purse expenses”

THE TOMB OF BLANCHE MORTIMER, LADY GRANDISON

In the chancel of the church of St Bartholomew,  Much Marcle, Herefordshire can be found one of the most beautiful tombs chests in England, that of Blanche Mortimer, Lady Grandison.  I happened by chance on this lovely monument  some years ago.  I stood there entranced, unwilling to leave.  Blanche’s tomb has been described by Nikolaus PevsnerContinue reading “THE TOMB OF BLANCHE MORTIMER, LADY GRANDISON”

THE ANCIENT DOORS OF OLD ENGLAND..

ENGLAND’S OLDEST DOOR – TO BE FOUND IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY OPENING ON TO THE CHAPTER HOUSE.   Are doors not fascinating?   If somewhere you haven’t been before, do you like me, always wonder what’s on the other side?  Of course if the door is ancient even more so.  The above is the oldest doorContinue reading “THE ANCIENT DOORS OF OLD ENGLAND..”

CROSSRAIL – A PORTAL INTO MEDIEVAL LONDON….

No doubt archaeologist thought that all their Christmases’  had arrived at once when they first heard the breaking news of the building of Crossrail,  Europe’s largest infrastructure which will be called the Elizabeth Line and will open in phases from late 2018 and the exceptional opportunities the excavations would bring. However, did they ever imagineContinue reading “CROSSRAIL – A PORTAL INTO MEDIEVAL LONDON….”

ANNE MOWBRAY DUCHESS OF NORFOLK. CHILD BRIDE OF RICHARD OF SHREWSBURY, ONE OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER – HER REBURIAL IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

St Erasmus in Bishops Islip’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey by Joseph Mallord William Turner c.1796.  The  original chapel of St Erasmus, built by Elizabeth Wydeville,  was the site of Anne Mowbray’s first burial and after recovery of her coffin she was reburied in the rebuilt Chapel.   Anne Mowbray, Duchess of Norfolk, was born in FramlinghamContinue reading “ANNE MOWBRAY DUCHESS OF NORFOLK. CHILD BRIDE OF RICHARD OF SHREWSBURY, ONE OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER – HER REBURIAL IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.”