THE ANCIENT GATES OF OLD LONDON

Old London Map c1572.  Franz Hogenberg And so Dear Reader, we are going to take a break from murderous queens, scheming duchesses,  bad kings, good kings, missing royal children and silly bishops.  We are going to take a look at London’s Old Gates.  Where were they positioned, how many were there, and what become ofContinue reading “THE ANCIENT GATES OF OLD LONDON”

Cheyneygates, Westminster Abbey, Elizabeth Woodville’s Pied-à-terre

A tantalising glimpse of  an ancient passage leading to Abbot’s Court and the steps leading up to Jerico Parlour.  The Abbots House and Cheyneygates, later known as The Deanery, was situated to the right of the steps.  Photo Dr John Crook Country Life Picture Library. This updated post was written with the help and inputContinue reading “Cheyneygates, Westminster Abbey, Elizabeth Woodville’s Pied-à-terre”

Anne Herbert Countess of Pembroke, Yorkist widow & mother in law to Katherine Plantagenet

Ann Devereux, John Lydgate’s Troy Book and Siege of Thebes @British Library Well that old wheel of fortune could certainly whizz around and no more so than in the lives of the noble women from the turbulent times we now know as the Wars of the Roses.  An example of one of these ladies  isContinue reading “Anne Herbert Countess of Pembroke, Yorkist widow & mother in law to Katherine Plantagenet”

CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL AND THE ROYAL WINDOW

Edward IV and Elizabeth Wydeville.    Original 15th century stained glass panels.   Royal Window North West Transept Canterbury Cathedral Canterbury Cathedral, of all the cathedrals I have managed to visit, remains firmly on my ‘favourites’ list. I lived there for a while many years ago, having been entranced by the city and cathedral onContinue reading “CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL AND THE ROYAL WINDOW”

‘WE SPEAK NO TREASON’ – Rosemary Hawley Jarman

Richard brought to Greyfriars for Burial.  Artwork  Emma Vieceli And so once more the awful date has come and gone.  Many fictional Ricardian novels  have been written based on Richard and his life but surely the scenes of the aftermath of Bosworth in We speak no Treason written by the late Rosemary Hawley Jarman must rankContinue reading “‘WE SPEAK NO TREASON’ – Rosemary Hawley Jarman”

IS THIS THE FACE OF GEORGE OF CLARENCE’S DAUGHTER

Portrait of an Unknown Lady formerly known as Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury by an unknown artist c.1535.  National Portrait Gallery For many years this was believed to be  a portrait of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, daughter of George Duke of Clarence, and  niece to two kings,  Edward IV and Richard III.  Intriguingly theContinue reading “IS THIS THE FACE OF GEORGE OF CLARENCE’S DAUGHTER”

Edward IV – A King of Bling’s Wardrobe Accounts

The Privy Purse Expenses of Elizabeth of York and The Wardrobe Accounts of Edward the Fourth Edited by Nicolas Harris Nicolas Esq As demonstrated by my earlier posts on the subject I enjoy nothing more than a delve around privy purse/wardrobe expenses.  This may be partly due to my naturally nosy nature but also becauseContinue reading “Edward IV – A King of Bling’s Wardrobe Accounts”

Those mysterious childrens coffins in Edward IV’s vault….

Edward’s IV Monument in St Georges Chapel, Windsor   Back in  2016  I was much intrigued by a story that had been hanging around for some time that when Edward’s IV’s vault and coffin were discovered in 1790 in St Georges Chapel, an adjoining vault was also discovered which was thought may have contained theContinue reading “Those mysterious childrens coffins in Edward IV’s vault….”

Katherine Plantagenet, her burial in St James Garlickhithe.

The Great Fire of London. The devastating conflagration that consumed so much of medieval London including St James Garlickhythe.  Artist  Lieve Verschuier This post will of necessity prove to be short there being a dearth of information on both Katherine and the  pre-Fire St James Garlickhythe Church where she was buried.  The church was located onContinue reading “Katherine Plantagenet, her burial in St James Garlickhithe.”