Thursday, 22 December 2016

Burial of George, Duke of Clarence and Isabel Neville

On this day in 1476, the death of Isabel Neville, one of two Beauchamp heiress's and the wife of George, Duke of Clarence.

On the 22nd December 1476, Isabel Neville died after giving birth to her fourth child who did not survive, she may have died as a result of an infection following the birth of a boy she name Richard. The Duke of Clarence was executed on the 18th February in 1478 after being found guilty of rebellion, slander and allegiances with the enemy. 

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Mini History Blogs

Richard I Captured

On this day in 1192, King Richard I was captured in the Austrian town of Vienna whilst on his way home from crusade by King Leopold V of Austria. 

Friday, 9 December 2016

The Face of Robert the Bruce

This is fantastic!
                                                        Photograph: Face Lab/Liverpool John Moores University

Robert the Bruce is thought to have been born at Turnberry Castle in Ayrshire Scotland on the 11th July 1274, into an aristocratic family. His mother was Marjorie of Carrick, his father Robert Bruce, Lord of Annandale, was distantly related to Scotland's royal family. 

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Family History in Devon

Mewey of Meavy

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The roots of the Mewey family are embedded in the Dumnonii culture of the West Country, and they can be found mentioned in documents dated over thirty years before ​the Norman Conquest.

Photograph Credit: P Kessler/The History Files

 Dumnonia is present day Devon, the origin of its name is in the Saxon version of a word the Celts were using before the arrival of the Romans, a variant of the Celtic god Dumnono or Dubno. The area this ancient land covered was the whole of the southwest peninsula, stretching from the banks of the River Parrett in Somerset and the River Axe in Dorset ending at lands end, the very tip of Cornwall.  Following the arrival of the Saxons in 450, Dumnonia separated into two distinct areas, the Cornovii people giving their name to Cornwall and in 936 King Athelstan finalised this seperaton by setting the boarder between Devon and
​Cornwall at the River Tamar. 

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Friday, 2 December 2016

The Death of Lionel of Antwerp

Lionel of Antwerp, the first Duke of Clarence, was born in Antwerp on the 29th November 1338. He was the second son of Edward III and brother to Edward the Black Prince. 

The duke had been betrothed as a child to Elizabeth de Burgh, and the couple were eventually married in 1352, a marriage that lasted eleven years and ended with her death at the age of thirty one. He married secondly Violante, the daughter of Galeazzo Visconti, Lord of Pavia. Violante brought to the marriage two million gold florins, numerous towns and castles in Piedmont, an area that borders France and Switzerland, just below the Alps.

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Henry of Huntington, the 12th century English chronicler wrote that Henry I was endowed with three gifts, that of wisdom, victory and riches, but he also writes that these were offset with three vices, avarice, cruelty and lust.

Henry was cruel, on one occasion he sanctioned an act of vengeance, ordering the blinding of his own granddaughters when he discovered a similar atrocity had befallen the daughter of one of his courtiers. In 1124, he had 44 thieves hanged on the same day. Henry the lustful he most certainly was, however Henry the romantic he was not.

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Here is poor old Edmund Ironside sitting on the throne of England, it was on this day in 1016, that he is supposed to have died a bit of a horrid death while visiting the royal loo.

You'll be surprised how many monarch lives ended following a spot of bother with their royal bottoms.
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