Thursday, 29 September 2016

Birth of Henry Earl of Leicester

The 22nd of September 1345, saw the death of Henry, Earl of Leicester and Lancaster. Henry was the grandson of Henry III and the son Edmund Crouchback by his second wife Blanche of Artois. 

Seal of Henry of Lancaster from the Barons' Letter 1301,

Henry may have suffered from a condition known as Torticollis, where the muscles of the neck cause the head to twist to one side leading him to be nick-named Wryneck, the same name as a bird who can turn its head almost 180 degrees. 

In 1310, Henry was one of the Lords Ordainers, a body of twenty one men chosen to oppose King Edward II and force him to make changes to both his household and his kingdom. 

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