CARDINAL JOHN MORTON’S TOMB IN THE CHAPEL OF LADY UNDERCROFT CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL

  On Friday 13th June 1483 Cardinal Morton, along with others, was arrested at the Tower of London.  It is well documented the role Morton played in the downfall of Richard III.  Morton was Richard’s arch enemy and his deviousness, cunning and powers of manipulation being  well known,  there is no need to go intoContinue reading “CARDINAL JOHN MORTON’S TOMB IN THE CHAPEL OF LADY UNDERCROFT CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL”

BERMONDSEY ABBEY AND ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE’S ‘RETIREMENT’ THERE…

Elizabeth Wydeville, unknown artist, Royal Collection. If anyone today wandering around Bermondsey, South London, should find themselves in redeveloped Bermondsey Square they may be surprised to find that they are standing on the spot where once stood the quadrangle of the Abbey of Bermondsey, the entrance  to the square being the site of the AbbeyContinue reading “BERMONDSEY ABBEY AND ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE’S ‘RETIREMENT’ THERE…”

A NEW KING, A NEW REIGN – KING RICHARD III, LOYAULTÉ ME LIE

Mural in the Royal Exchange,  Offer of the Kingship to Richard Duke of Gloucester at Baynards Castle June 26 1483 , Sigismund Goetz On this day 27 June 1483 no doubt King Richard, and his wife Anne, both awoke shell shocked.  Perhaps they had slept little as they no doubt took in the significance of these life changingContinue reading “A NEW KING, A NEW REIGN – KING RICHARD III, LOYAULTÉ ME LIE”

SIR WILLIAM STANLEY – TURNCOAT OR LOYALIST?

  William Stanley crowning Henry Tudor with the fallen King Richard’s crown in the aftermath of the Battle of Bosworth.  Unknown artist.. It is well documented how, through the treasonable and treacherous actions of Sir William Stanley at Bosworth, Richard lost his crown and his life. He was hacked to death after Stanley, who broughtContinue reading “SIR WILLIAM STANLEY – TURNCOAT OR LOYALIST?”

The Priory of St John at Clerkenwell and a visit by Richard III

The Great South Gate now known as St John’s Gateway as it is today  Shortly after the death of his wife, Anne Neville on the 16th March 1485 Richard rode to the Priory of the Knights Hospitaller of St John at Clerkenwell.  .  On the 30 March 1485,  which fell on a Wednesday (1)  King RichardContinue reading “The Priory of St John at Clerkenwell and a visit by Richard III”

MINSTER LOVELL HALL, HOME TO FRANCIS LOVELL VISCOUNT LOVELL

Minster Lovell at sunset @Colin Whitaker Minster Lovell Hall, Oxfordshire  lies in beautiful,  atmospheric ruins set amongst trees besides the River Windrush in the heart of the Cotswolds.     Pevensey describes these ruins to be ‘still the most picturesque  in the country’.   It was at least the second manor house to be builtContinue reading “MINSTER LOVELL HALL, HOME TO FRANCIS LOVELL VISCOUNT LOVELL”

JOHN HOWARD, DUKE OF NORFOLK – HIS WEDDING GIFTS…

JOHN HOWARD, PAINTING OF A  STAINED GLASS IMAGE FORMERLY AT TENDRING HALL OR SOUTH  CHAPEL, STOKE-BY-NAYLAND CHURCH, NOW LOST. John Howard, what a colossus of a man – Admiral of England, member of the King’s  Council, Earl Marshal, Knight of the Garter, Treasurer of the Royal Household, High Sheriff , a great shipowner and muchContinue reading “JOHN HOWARD, DUKE OF NORFOLK – HIS WEDDING GIFTS…”

WADDINGTON HALL – REFUGE FOR HENRY VI

WADDINGTON HALL – REFUGE FOR HENRY VI  THE GATEWAY HAS A CARVING OF A HAND CARRYING A LANCE AND BATTLE AXE WITH THE INSCRIPTION “I WILL RAISE UP HIS RUINS, I WILL BUILD IT AS IN THE DAYS OF OLD” Waddington Hall, one time refuge for Henry VI after the battle of Hexham, 1464,  isContinue reading “WADDINGTON HALL – REFUGE FOR HENRY VI”

ANNE MORTIMER AND RICHARD OF CONISBURGH , A LOVE MATCH?

THE TOMB THAT  IT IS BELIEVED ANNE MORTIMER SHARES WITH HER IN-LAWS, EDMUND OF LANGLEY AND ISABELLA OF CASTILE…CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS, KINGS LANGLEY Some time during the month of May 1408 , were married Richard III’s paternal grandparents, Anne Mortimer and Richard of Conisburgh. She was just 16 and he was in his 20s, itContinue reading “ANNE MORTIMER AND RICHARD OF CONISBURGH , A LOVE MATCH?”

DR ARGENTINE – PHYSICIAN TO THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER.

King’s College Chapel.  Dr Argentine is buried in a chantry chapel on the south side close to the altar. In Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, just south of the altar can be found the chantry chapel where Dr John Argentine, Provost of Kings College from 1501 until his death in February 1507/08, physician, astronomer and collector ofContinue reading “DR ARGENTINE – PHYSICIAN TO THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER.”