THE PRIVY PURSE ACCOUNTS OF HENRY VII 1491 to 1505

Is there anyone else like me who enjoys a good nosy around someone’s privy purse accounts.  They can tell us so much about that person.  For example, Henry VII’s Privy Purse Accounts.  From them we can glean, for example,  how did Henry spend his time relaxing , after doing a hard day’s usurping?    WellContinue reading “THE PRIVY PURSE ACCOUNTS OF HENRY VII 1491 to 1505”

QUEEN ANNE NEVILL – HER BURIAL IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY

Anne Neville – possible portrait of her from the Luton Guild Book (1) Arms of Queen Anne Neville @ British Library After Anne Neville’s death on the 16th March 1485 , she was given a magnificent funeral in Westminster Abbey ‘with honours no less than befitted the burial of a queen’ (2).  She had beenContinue reading “QUEEN ANNE NEVILL – HER BURIAL IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY”

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”