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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
She married Arthur, the elder son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, at old St Paul’s Cathedral on 14 November 1501. The marriage only lasted until 2 April 1502, when Arthur died.
On 11 June 1509 she married Arthur’s younger brother, by then Henry VIII, at Greenwich. This was a much more “clandestine” wedding as, Giles Tremlett says. It is not known who presided over the ceremony or even where exactly it took place.
Katherine had a series of miscarriages, still births and babies dying very early, before their daughter Mary was born on 18 February 1516, the only child to survive her parents.
Henry’s wish to divorce her in order to marry Anne Boleyn, which led to the break with the Catholic church, is well known.
Katherine died on 7 January 1536 at Kimbolton, Hunts, She was buried at Peterborough Abbey, but no monument was ever erected.
C. S. L. Davies and John Edwards, ‘Katherine (1485–1536)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008. URL: http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/4891 Date accessed: 14 April 2011
Giles Tremlett, Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen. Faber and Faber Ltd, London, 2010. ISBN 978 0 571 23512 4
To help all our readers to get into the spirit of the season, here is a link to a rendition of the medieval carol ‘Gaudete’, performed by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge.
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The body of Eleanor of Castile , wife of Edward I, rested for one night at St Albans on her progress from Harby, where she had died on 28 November 1290, to Westminster. Her funeral took place on 17 December 1290 at Westminster.
The plaque in the picture can be found on the fifteenth century Clock Tower in St Albans, which is near the spot where the Eleanor Cross once stood. Originally there were twelve crosses at each of the overnight resting place of the procession for Eleanor’s body, but only three of them remain. Unfortunately the St Albans cross is not one of them, it was demolished in the early eighteenth century. It was located next to the Clock Tower and opposite from the Waxhouse Gateway to the Abbey precinct.
(Photograph © Dorothea Preis)
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The guest speaker for our Christmas meeting will be the NSW Embroiderers’ Guild President, Wendy Schmid, who will be discussing the history and styles of medieval embroidery that would have been found in the era of Richard III. As it is our Christmas gathering, please consider bringing some festive food to share at afternoon tea (but please remember to take any left-overs home with you).
Birth of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, at Linlithgow 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)
Good news. There will be various services at Leicester Cathedral to commemorate Richard III during THAT week in March 2015. About a week ago, members of the Richard III Society received their ballot papers to try and get one of the sought-after seats for one of the services.
Yesterday Leicester Cathedral announced that it will be making 200 seats available for members of the general public, representing one third of all the seating in the Cathedral. This will include the following services:
- Sunday, 22 March (6.00pm) – evening service of Compline, at which the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, will preach the sermon
- Thursday, 26 March (11.30am) – the reburial, culminating in the lowering of the coffin below ground into the specially designed tomb
- Friday, 27 March (12.00 noon) – Richard III’s tomb will be revealed
This ballot offers another chance to win a ticket for one of the services. As this ballot is open to the public, it does not include the special service for members of the Richard III Society on Monday, 23 March (7.00pm).
As Revd. Pete Hobson, Canon Missioner and Project Manager, explained on Facebook, “anyone can enter the ballot, for one, two or all three services, but each person will only be selected once and we can’t guarantee for which service if you out in for more than one”. They will also coordinate the allocation of tickets from their ballot with that of the Richard III Society, so that no one gets “double invites”, thus allowing as many people as possible to have a chance to attend one of the services.
Revd. Pete also mentioned that they hope to open the Cathedral to the public by mid-afternoon on Friday, 27 March, to pay their respects at the tomb.
The ballot will open on Friday 12th December, 100 days before the week of events, at 8.00 am (UK time), which is 5.00pm AEST, and close at midday (9.00pm AEST) on 31 December. The lucky ones who will be invited, wll be notified by letter, which are expected to be sent out in the week beginning 12 January. This is the same week, when the Richard III Society will notify those members, who were successful in being chosen.
To find out more about the ballot, visit the website of the Diocese of Leicester (this includes a link to the ballot):
More about the services: