THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STONY STRATFORD by ANNETTE CARSON

With many thanks to Annette Carson – author of The Maligned King, and the new translation of Mancini,  Domenico Mancini, de occupatione regni Anglie –  for this excellent and informative article.  It may be read in full either here or on Annette’s own blog –THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STONY STRATFORD With an interest in Richard III sinceContinue reading “THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STONY STRATFORD by ANNETTE CARSON”

Ashby de la Zouch Castle – Home to William Lord Hastings

An intriguing doorway leads into the Great Chamber where the family would have entertained important guests.  A fine 15th century fireplace has survived as well as a 16th century window.  Photo from the English Heritage Guidebook book Following on from my earlier post THE RISE AND FALL OF WILLIAM LORD HASTINGS AND HIS CASTLE OFContinue reading “Ashby de la Zouch Castle – Home to William Lord Hastings”

THE MARRIAGES OF THE SIBLINGS OF ELIZABETH WOODVILLE

Elizabeth Woodville Royal Window Canterbury Cathedral Very soon after the clandestine marriage of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville had taken place in 1464 it became abundantly clear to the old nobility that the siblings of the new Queen would henceforth be having their pick of the most sought after heirs and heiresses of England in marriage.Continue reading “THE MARRIAGES OF THE SIBLINGS OF ELIZABETH WOODVILLE”

MARKENFIELD HALL & THE MARKENFIELD BROTHERS, THOMAS AND ROBERT

Markenfield Hall viewed through the Gatehouse.  A 14th century moated manor house and one time home to the Markenfields. Photo National Garden Scheme. Markenfield Hall, near Ripon, Yorkshire is surely the epitome of a survivor of medieval manor houses.  The building of the Hall begun in 1230 and was rebuilt and enlarged by John deContinue reading “MARKENFIELD HALL & THE MARKENFIELD BROTHERS, THOMAS AND ROBERT”

THE BETRAYAL OF RICHARD III BY V B LAMB – A Book Review..

Artist Emma Vieceli This book is a little gem.  Written by the late Vivien Beatrix Lamb and first published in 1959 it’s no surprise that it’s still in print and a new edition available from The Richard III Society online shop with an introduction and notes by  Peter Hammond.    I first bought my copyContinue reading “THE BETRAYAL OF RICHARD III BY V B LAMB – A Book Review..”

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”