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.   Edmund, son of Richard Duke of York and Cicely Neville was born on the 17th May 1443 and died at the Battle of Wakefield with his father on the 30 December 1460.  A short life…. I think, had he lived longer  Edmund mayContinue reading “Edmund, Earl of Rutland, a life cut short”

Elizabeth of York – Her Privy Purse Expenses

Henry VII 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 jnr weeps into his mother’s empty bed.  From the Vaux Passional, a 15th century manuscript. Elizabeth gave birth to her son Arthur on the 20 SeptemberContinue reading “Elizabeth of York – Her Privy Purse Expenses”

THE TOMB OF BLANCHE MORTIMER, LADY GRANDISON

The graceful effigy of Blanche Mortimer atop her tomb.  St Bartholomew,  Much Marcle. 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 stoodContinue 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 archaeologists 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 hopefully up and running in the first half of 2022)  and the exceptional opportunities the excavations would bring. However, did theyContinue 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.”

OLD LONDON BRIDGE – A MEDIEVAL WONDER!

Old London Bridge from Southwark c.1630.  Unknown artist. Old London Bridge. Claude de Jongh There had been many manifestations of the bridge prior to this particular one, among them a  wooden one which had been brought down by a tornado in 1091, but it is this particular one most people think of when Old LondonContinue reading “OLD LONDON BRIDGE – A MEDIEVAL WONDER!”