Wednesday, 19 August 2015
"To Love and Wait Upon"
It was on the 25th June 1483 that three men were executed for treason at Pontifract Castle in Yorkshire on charges of conspiracy and plotting against Richard, Duke of Gloucester. These men were Anthony, Earl Rivers and Richard Grey, brother and son of Edward IV’s queen Elizabeth Woodville, the third man was Thomas Vaughan, chamberlain to Edward, Prince of Wales.
Pontefract was the largest town in medieval West Yorkshire, Edward I called it the ‘key to the north.’ It's once mighty castle is in ruins today, but in its time it was seen as the ‘Jewel of Yorkshire’. It is thought that the castle had, at one time, a two walled outer bailey, John Leyland, the Tudor antiquarian, described the castle as having ‘six roundells, three bigge and three small’ that made up the the castle’s keep which he states as measuring 63-64 feet in diameter. Archaelogia, published in 1770 by the Society of Antiquaries of London, confirms this and suggests that within one of the three towers mentioned by Leyland there was a
“very frightful small dungeon.”
Thomas Vaughan's story continues through the introduction and into a new chapeter entitled
Setting the Scene: The Game Begins.
Thomas Vaughan's story continues on my website