21
Apr

21 APRIL 1509

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Death of Henry VII (Tudor) at Richmond Palace.  Buried in Westminster Abbey.

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17
Apr

17 APRIL 1397

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.

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16
Apr

16 APRIL 1470

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Birth of a short-lived child to George, duke of Clarence, and his wife, Isabel Neville, on a ship off Calais.  Some sources say that it was a boy, others that it was a girl named Anne.  This was their first child.

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15
Apr

15 APRIL 1452

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Birth of Leonardo da Vinci in Vinci near Florence.  Famous as a painter and inventor, scientist and lots more.

He was a contemporary of Richard III, being just six months older.   He died on 2 May 1519.

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14
Apr

Medieval Menu: Lenten Pottage

   Posted by: Julia Redlich   in Medieval Menu, Medieval Miscellany

Digging in the vaults of this website, we came across the medievally-inspired recipes, which our long-time member Julia had provided.  It would be a great pity if they were forgotten.  Today we start with a recipe fitting for the last week of Lent:  Lenten Pottage.

 

Ingredients (Serves 8)

8 large onions, sliced
125ml sunflower oil
100g ground almonds
½ teaspoon honey
150 ml white wine
150 ml boiling water
8 rounds of bread, cut thickly, crusts removed if desired

Method

Simmer sliced onions in oil until soft and golden.

Soak almonds in honey, 75ml wine and water for about 10 minutes.

Toast the bread slices lightly and place in individual bowls.

Add remaining 75ml wine to onions and heat. Pour the almond milk over the toasted bread and arrange the onions on the top.

Note:  Almond Milk

This is used in many medieval recipes. For the ingredients and method, see above.
If using for a dessert, add a little extra honey and substitute milk for water.

14
Apr

14 APRIL 1471

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Battle of Barnet, Hertfordshire, defeat of Warwick and his brother Montagu, who both fell in the battle.  Richard is said to have been in command of the vanguard.

Read more about a possible different location for the battle here.

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11
Apr

11 APRIL 1471

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Final deposition of Henry VI in favour of Edward IV

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10
Apr

10 APRIL 1472

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Birth of Margaret of York, fifth child and fourth daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, at Winchester Castle.  She was named after her aunt, Margaret Dowager Duchess of Burgundy.   She died at the age of 8 months on 11 December 1472, buried at Westminster Abbey.  Her sarcophagus was originally placed to fit in the steps of the shrine of St. Edward the Confessor but later moved to the edge of the chapel. The step edging around the sides can still be seen.

 

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9
Apr

9 APRIL 1483

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Edward IV dies at Westminster, buried at St Georges Chapel, Windsor.  It is assumed that he named his brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester, as Lord Protector of England during his son Edward’s minority.

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9
Apr

9 APRIL 1413

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Coronation of Henry V at Westminster

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