Tag Archives: England

Ælfthryth: England’s first queen

 Happy International Women’s Day.   We look at the life and history of England’s first queen.  She wielded more influence than any Anglo-Saxon woman before her and, in doing so, redefined the role of ‘king’s wife’. But did Ælfthryth cement her … Continue reading

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Medieval accounts from Richard III’s rule found among job lot of 1930s royal trinkets and souvenirs

Following up on the story posted yesterday here is more in depth information about the discovery of personal documents belonging to Richard III during his time as king.  It is supremely rare to discover documents from this period and is part … Continue reading

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Bundle of old documents bought at low-key auction turn out to be Richard III’s financial accounts

By Katrina Chilver They are from a big year in British history A bundle of old documents bought at a low-key auction have been identified as Richard III’s financial accounts from the year he took the throne. The paperwork relates to … Continue reading

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Emmanuel Macron agrees to loan Bayeux tapestry to Britain

President to allow Battle of Hastings embroidery to leave France for first time in 950 years The Bayeux tapestry will be loaned to Britain after Emmanuel Macron agreed to let it leave France for the first time in 950 years. … Continue reading

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An Emperor’s Christmas at Eltham in 1400

The south London suburb of Eltham today seems an improbable location for a Medieval Christmas celebration involving kings and emperors, but the area was, in the Fifteenth Century, in open countryside, just a day’s ride from London, but sufficiently distant … Continue reading

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Illuminating the medieval Nativity

One of the British Library’s newly digitised manuscripts is well worth a look this Christmas-time (Cotton MS Caligula A VII/1). It was made somewhere in North-East France or Flanders in the 12th century, and it contains eight sumptuous scenes from … Continue reading

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Christmas at the Medieval Court

Though Christmas was very different in the Middle Ages, many of the pastimes and activities that we associate with it would have been familiar to medieval people. Feasting, playing games, singing, drinking around a fire, decorating the house with evergreens, … Continue reading

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