‘May 29th 1666. Spent on the City Marshall at ye shutting up of a visited house . . Is.0d.’ Plague had always stalked England throughout the centuries with regular outbreaks such as the one known as the Black Death in the 14th century which brought death on such a scale that whole villages were soContinue reading “THE GREAT PLAGUE AND PLAGUE PITS OF LONDON 1665”
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The de Berkeley Heart Burials St Giles Church , Coberley
14th century monument to Sir Thomas de Berkeley of Coberley (1289-d.1365) and his wife Joan Lady de Berkeley nee Archer d. 1369. The small monument besides the Berkeley monument is that commemorating a heart burial belonging to an unknown female. St Giles’ Church, Coberley, Gloucestershire. Photo C B Newham Church Monuments Society The large monument inContinue reading “The de Berkeley Heart Burials St Giles Church , Coberley”
Sir Edward Dalyngrigge – Soldier, Politican, Courtier and Builder of Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle, Sussex. Built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge between 1385-1388. Photo History of Bodiam Castle. Bodiam Castle. What a beauty and is it possible to find an even finer epitome of a medieval English Castle? The builder was Sir Edward Dalyngrigge – also spelt Dallingridge – (c.1346-1393), the son and heir of Roger Dallingridge (c.1311-1380)Continue reading “Sir Edward Dalyngrigge – Soldier, Politican, Courtier and Builder of Bodiam Castle”
JOHN ROUS – Author of The Rous Roll, Warwickshire Antiquarian, Chantry Chaplain and Turncoat Extraordinaire?
John Rous ‘drawne by himselfe’. From the Latin ‘Lancastrian’ version of the rolls. College of Arms. John Rous or Rows as he called himself (b.c1420 d. 14 January 1492) was the son of Geoffrey Rous of Warwick, who was a younger son of Thomas Rous of Brinklow, and Margaret, the daughter of Richard Fyncham. AnContinue reading “JOHN ROUS – Author of The Rous Roll, Warwickshire Antiquarian, Chantry Chaplain and Turncoat Extraordinaire?”
WHARRAM PERCY – A DESERTED MEDIEVAL VILLAGE – VICTIM OF THE ‘ENCLOSURES’
A glimpse of St Martin’s church from the millpond looking north. This wonderful photo thanks to David Ireland. ‘It may not be liefull for euery man to vse his owne as hym lysteth, but eueyre man must vse that he hath to the most benefyte of his countrie. Ther must be somethynge deuysed to quenche thisContinue reading “WHARRAM PERCY – A DESERTED MEDIEVAL VILLAGE – VICTIM OF THE ‘ENCLOSURES’”
Ranulph Lord Dacre of Gilsland – The Lord who was buried with his horse.
The monument in All Saints Church, Saxby over the grave of Ranulph Lord Dacre and his horse. Photo Mary Emma1@Flkir Ranulph/Ranulf/Randolph/Ralph, Lord Dacre of Gilsland’s precise date of birth is lost to us – as is his exact Christian name it would seem -but has been suggested as c.1412 although his date of death isContinue reading “Ranulph Lord Dacre of Gilsland – The Lord who was buried with his horse.”
JOHN DE LA POLE EARL OF LINCOLN AND ELSTON CHAPEL – A POSSIBLE BURIAL PLACE?
The Last Stand of Martin Schwartz and his German Mercenaries at the Battle of Stoke Field 16th June 1487. Unknown artist Cassell’s Century Edition History of England c.1901. The battle of Stoke Field fought on the 16th June 1487 has been discussed elsewhere extensively so there is no need for me to go into it here.Continue reading “JOHN DE LA POLE EARL OF LINCOLN AND ELSTON CHAPEL – A POSSIBLE BURIAL PLACE?”
MEDIEVAL POSY RINGS – GIVEN WITH LOVE…
‘Is this a prologue, or the posy of a ring?’ ‘Tis brief, my lord’ * This beauty is reputed to have been given by John of Gaunt (1340-1399) to his mistress and subsequent third wife, Katheryn Swinford (1350-1403). The inscription reads ‘alas for fayte’ which was probably a nod to Gaunt and Katherine’s illicit loveContinue reading “MEDIEVAL POSY RINGS – GIVEN WITH LOVE…”
A COLLECTION OF REVOLTING REMEDIES FROM THE MIDDLE AGES
Revolting Remedies from the Middle Ages. Edited by Professor Daniel Wakelin. Published by the Bodleian Library Oxford. Under the Dreaming Spires of Oxford – well Oxford University to be precise – a group of students have compiled and transcribed this entertaining selection of remedies from medieval manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Here in their bookContinue reading “A COLLECTION OF REVOLTING REMEDIES FROM THE MIDDLE AGES”
St DUNSTAN-IN-THE-EAST, SURVIVER OF DISASTER, NOW TRANQUIL HAVEN.
The peaceful garden…a tranquil spot to sit a while in the busy heart of the City of London. Photo Haarkon co.uk. St Dunstan-in-the-East was already ancient when John Stow wrote about it in his Survey of London Written in the Year 1598. Not to be confused with St Dunstan-in-the West, Stow described the church as ‘a fairContinue reading “St DUNSTAN-IN-THE-EAST, SURVIVER OF DISASTER, NOW TRANQUIL HAVEN.”