16
Dec

Birth of Jane Austen

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis   in Events in History

Birth of Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Birth of Jane Austen

On 16 December 1775, Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, where her Father, George Austen, was rector.  We all know and love Jane Austen’s novels, but her History of England, from the Reign of Henry the 4th to the Death of Charles the 1st is less widely known.   She wrote this at the age of 16 in 1791, but even at this early age it shows the wit she was to become famous for.

Of particular interest to us is of course what she had to say about Richard III.  Jane acknowledges that his character has been badly treated by historians, however, she is “inclined to suppose him a very respectable Man”.  The reason for her positive impression is that “he was York”, so not too many Lancastrian sympathies there.

Quotes taken from:
Jane Austen:  Love and Freindship and other early Works, The Women’s Press, London, 1978, reprinted 1979.  ISBN 0 7043 3823 8, p.71

You can read a short biography here.

Dorothea Preis

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16
Dec

16 DECEMBER 1431

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris

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13
Dec

13 DECEMBER 1470 (probably)

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Marriage of Anne Neville, younger daughter of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick (‘The Kingmaker”) and Anne Beauchamp, to Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, at Amboise.

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8
Dec

8 DECEMBER 1542

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Birth of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, at Linlithgow Linlithgow_Palace (D Preis)Palace.  She was the daughter of James V, king of Scots, and Mary of Guise and their only surviving child.  Her father died just six days after her birth.

Mary was executed on 8 February 1587 in the great hall of Fotheringhay.

(Photograph of Linlithgow Palace © Dorothea Preis)

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6
Dec

6 DECEMBER 1421

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Birth of Henry VI of England at Windsor

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28
Nov

28 NOVEMBER 1499

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Edward, Earl of Warwick, son of George Duke of Clarence and Isabel Neville, is beheaded on Tower Green.  He was the last legitimate male of the House of Plantagenet.

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25
Nov

25 NOVEMBER 1487

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Coronation of Elizabeth of York

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24
Nov

December Branch Meeting

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley   in Branch News, Meetings, News

Our December Branch Meeting will take place on 8 December 2018 at 2 pm at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, CBD (for a map go to our Upcoming Events page).

Our featured speaker for the last meeting of the year will be our own long-time branch member and long-serving executive committee member, Lynne Foley, who will give a presentation on some of the more colourful Christmas customs of the Ricardian era.

Please join us for this festive time of year!

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23
Nov

23 NOVEMBER 1511

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis   in Events in History

Death of Anne of York, the seventh child and fifth daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.  She shares her death date with her aunt Margaret, duchess of Burgundy, and – if Perkin Warbeck was indeed Richard of York – her brother.

Anne was born on 2 November 1475.  At not quite four years of age, she was betrothed to Philip (“the Handsome”),  the son of Mary of Burgundy (her aunt’s step-daughter) and Maximilian of Austria.  However, the plan was abandoned in 1482.  Richard III undertook to find a suitable marriage for her (and her sisters) and after Richard’s death she took part in ceremonies at Henry VII court, whose queen was her sister Elizabeth.

On 4 February 1495 she married Thomas Howard, who would eventually become the third duke of Norfolk.  He was the grandson of John Howard, an important supporter of Richard III.  John fell at the battle of Bosworth, fighting for Richard.  His son, Thomas (the father of Anne’s Thomas), had also fought for Richard, had been attainted, but managed to be restored to his title.  His son’s marriage to a sister-in-law of Henry Tudor was obviously a great achievement in his family’s rehabilitation.  Anne and Thomas had no children.

Reference: ODNB on ‘Howard, Thomas, third duke of Norfolk (1473–1554)’

The above picture shows the daughters of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville in a window in Canterbury Cathedral.  Anne is the third from left. (picture obtained through Wikimedia Commons)

Dorothea Preis

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23
Nov

23 NOVEMBER 1503

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy, dies at Malines.  She was a sister of Edward IV and Richard III.  After Richard’s death she supported the Yorkist pretenders.  She was on very good terms with her husband’s daughter and her family and had a successful and positive influence on Burgundian politics.  She was a patron of William Caxton, who introduced the printing press to England.

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