THE MEDIEVAL PRIORY AND HOSPITAL OF ST MARY SPITAL

Artists impression of how St Mary Spital may have appeared before the Dissolution.  Museum of London.  Artist Faith Vardy.   St. Mary Spital Augustinian Priory and Hospital covered the area known today as Spital Square.  Standing outside the city walls it was bordered from the west by Bishopsgate Street where entrance was via the GreatContinue reading “THE MEDIEVAL PRIORY AND HOSPITAL OF ST MARY SPITAL”

JUST WHY DID BUCKINGHAM THINK HE COULD CROSS THE FLOODED SEVERN?

With thanks to Viscountess at murreyandblue  for this interesting  guest post on why things went so very wrong for Henry Duke of Buckingham… On St Luke’s Day, 18th October, in 1483, apparently egged on by that notorious Lancastrian plotter, John Morton, Bishop of Ely, Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham unfurled his banners in rebellion againstContinue reading “JUST WHY DID BUCKINGHAM THINK HE COULD CROSS THE FLOODED SEVERN?”

A PORTRAIT OF EDWARD V AND THE MYSTERY OF COLDRIDGE CHURCH…Part II A Guest Post by John Dike.

EDWARD V – STAINED GLASS COLDRIDGE CHURCH  A guest post from John Dike who is leading Philippa Langley’s Missing Princes Project team in Devon and following on from my post A Portrait of Edward V and Perhaps Even a Resting Place?  :- The window in the Evans Chantry, St Matthew’s Church, Coldridge. As far back asContinue reading “A PORTRAIT OF EDWARD V AND THE MYSTERY OF COLDRIDGE CHURCH…Part II A Guest Post by John Dike.”

A NEW MANCINI – by ANNETTE CARSON

A guest post by Annette Carson – author of The Maligned King. Towards the end of 1482 an Austin friar by the name of Dominic Mancini  was sent to London by a senior minister of King Louis XI of France This was pursuant to France’s act of hostility in breaching her long-standing treaty with England, andContinue reading “A NEW MANCINI – by ANNETTE CARSON”

THE CHILDREN OF JOHN NEVILLE, MARQUIS OF MONTAGU and EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND d.1471

The Smythe monument Elford Church.  Photo Aidan McRae Thomson Of the four sons of Richard Neville,  Earl of Salisbury, only two, Richard Earl of Warwick and John Marquis of Montagu had children.    Warwick, who would go on to  become known as the ‘Kingmaker’,  had two daughters, while  John who married Isabel Ingoldesthorpe/Ingaldesthorpe (d.20 May 1476)Continue reading “THE CHILDREN OF JOHN NEVILLE, MARQUIS OF MONTAGU and EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND d.1471”

THE GRAFFITI OF THE TOWER OF LONDON

The graffiti commemorating the Dudleys.  Beauchamp Tower.  Photo Spitalfieldlife  I am, to be honest not a fan of graffiti, also known as graffito, neither do I know anyone who is. However, if you are talking historical graffiti, and from no less than the Tower of London, well that is definitely a different ball game andContinue reading “THE GRAFFITI OF THE TOWER OF LONDON”

The Abbey of the Minoresses of St Clare without Aldgate and the Ladies of the Minories

  Anne Montgomery nee Darcy.  One of the much respected Ladies of the Minories from the window of Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk. Shakespeare said ‘all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players‘.  Following on from that if we may be allowed to say that the Wars of the RosesContinue reading “The Abbey of the Minoresses of St Clare without Aldgate and the Ladies of the Minories”

THE ORANGE AND LEMON CHURCHES OF OLD LONDON

Old London – City of Churches.   Bow Church can be seen to the left.  Part of the The Visscher Panorama of London, 1616. Image Peter Harrington Rare Books.   Orange and lemons say the bells of Saint Clement’s You owe me five farthings say the bells of St Martin’s When will you pay meContinue reading “THE ORANGE AND LEMON CHURCHES OF OLD LONDON”

GREENWICH PALACE – HUMPHREY DUKE OF GLOUCESTER’S PALACE OF PLEAZANCE

Humphrey Duke of Gloucester from the Talbot Shrewsbury Book A print by an unknown artist now in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich depicting the Palace c 1487. Greenwich Palace, or Placentia as it is often known, was built around 1433 by Henry V’s brother, Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, who named it Bella Court after heContinue reading “GREENWICH PALACE – HUMPHREY DUKE OF GLOUCESTER’S PALACE OF PLEAZANCE”

THE PASSING OF ELIZABETH OF YORK – A ROYAL COINCIDENCE.

A young Henry weeping on the empty bed of his dead mother Elizabeth of York.  His two sisters Margaret and Mary sit at the foot of the bed.  From the Vaux Passional, in the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth As an enthusiastic amateur I do love all the minutiae of history particularly the coincidences which cropContinue reading “THE PASSING OF ELIZABETH OF YORK – A ROYAL COINCIDENCE.”