17
Apr

17 APRIL 1397

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   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: Lawrence Osborn   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: Lawrence Osborn   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

14 APRIL 1471

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   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: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Final deposition of Henry VI in favour of Edward IV

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9
Apr

9 APRIL 1483

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   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: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Coronation of Henry V at Westminster

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6
Apr

6 APRIL 1199

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Richard I (the ‘Lionheart’) dies from an infected arrow wound to his shoulder.  He received this by accident while besieging the small, virtually unarmed castle of Chalus-Chabrol.

Richard was born on 8 September 1157, the third son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

He was crowned King of England on 3 September 1189.  Richard spend only 6 months of his reign in England, first going on the Third Crusade, on his return he was imprisoned in Austria.  His mother worked hard to raise the ransom of 150,000 marks (65,000 pounds of silver) equaling 2–3 times the annual income for the English Crown at that time.

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31
Mar

April General Meeting of the NSW Branch

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley   in Branch News, Meetings

The next general meeting of the NSW Branch of the Richard III Society will be on Saturday, 14 April 2018, at 2pm at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000.

Our featured speakers for April will be Branch members Helen and Denise. Helen and Denise met in kindergarten and, instantly recognizing a mutual interest in history and fairness, forged a strong crusading bond. Reading Josephine Tey’s novel, Daughter of Time, in primary school fired up their fervour for a king maligned by history, but it was many years before they became aware of an actual group of people who held similar views.

Helen saw an article in the Sydney Morning Herald in the quincentenary year of the battle of Bosworth (1985) that mentioned a UK society with a branch in Sydney.  She has been a member ever since.  Denise has been less reliable but always in touch. Denise has lived for many years around and in Canberra.  Helen was able to attend meetings for some years while she lived in Mosman but with a move to the Southern Highlands found it hard to stay in touch with regular branch activities.

In recent times, they have both been able to attend quite a few Australasian conferences. They also organised a very successful mini-conference in Albury in 2016 and are busy organising another one to take place later this year.   A recent highlight for them was travelling to Leicester for the reinterment in 2015. The name of their talk is: A New Kingdom – Richard III in the Digital Age. It will be based on their presentation at the Perth Australasian Convention of October 2017, with reference to their presentation at the 2016 Albury mini-conference. They will look at various aspects of the King’s reputation in the new age of technology and social media.

31
Mar

31 MARCH 1492

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

In the Alhambra Decree, Isabella of Castile and Fernando of Aragon order all Jews to leave their kingdoms by 31 July 1492.  This was in spite of them guaranteeing religious freedom in the Treaty of Granada, signed in 1491 between Emir Muhammad XII and Isabella of Castile.  However, the Fall of Granada on 2 January 1492 changed everything.

While under Moorish rule Jews and Christians had been free to practice their religion and learning and trade had flourished, this changed dramatically with the Alhambra Decree and a time of religious persecution and much suffering began.

(Photograph of the Alhambra in Granada by D Preis)

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