23
May

23 MAY 1533

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Marriage of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon is annulled.

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23
May

23 MAY 1482

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Death of Mary of York, second daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, at Greenwich Palace, London, buried at St Georges Chapel, Windsor

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22
May

First Battle of St Albans

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

First Battle of St Albans

Market Place in St Albans, where the first battle was fought (© D Preis)

First Battle of St Albans – fighting on the market place

On 22 May 1455 the first Battle of St Albans, Hertfordshire, between the Yorkist forces under Richard, 3rd Duke of York, and the Lancastrian forces of Henry VI under Edmund, Duke of Somerset, who fell in the battle.  Henry VI was captured.  The battle was won by the Yorkists.

This is the first battle in what became known as the Wars of the Roses, with the white rose standing for York and the red for Lancaster (Henry VI).  This battle is unique among all the battles of the Wars of the Roses in that it was entirely fought in the streets of the town and not in a field.  Walking around the market area of St Albans today, you can still see the outline of the area in medieval times with its half-timbered houses and the narrow and winding alleyways.  One can’t help wondering what the town’s citizens made of this. And not to forget that not even six years later on 17 February 1461, the armies were back for a second battle.

You can read more on the first Battle of St Albans on Karen’s blog.

A short description of the various battles of the Wars of the Roses can be found on the website of the Richard III Society.

Dorothea Preis


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21
May

21 OR 22 MAY 1471

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Death of Henry VI in the Tower

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20
May

BY 20 MAY 1492

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Death of John de la Pole, duke of Suffolk, only son of William de la Pole and Alice Chaucer.  As a child, John was married Margaret Beaufort, but the marriage contract was dissolved in February 1453 by Henry VI.  In 1458 he married instead Elizabeth, the daughter of Richard, duke of York, and Cecily Neville, a sister of Edward IV and Richard III.  They had 11 children.  They were buried together at Wingfield, Suffolk.

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20
May

BETWEEN 20 MAY AND 9 JUNE 1475

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Death of Alice Chaucer, duchess of Suffolk. She is buried in St Mary’s Church Ewelme.  Her tomb (pictured left) shows her wearing the Garter insignia on her left forearm.  The tomb is remarkable:   Alice’s effigy rests on an alabaster tomb chest, with a cadaver effigy below.

Alice had been married as a child to Sir John Phelip, who died when she was only 11 years old.  After 1421 she married Thomas Montagu, earl of Salisbury.  After his death in 1438, she married in November 1430 William de la Pole, earl of Suffolk.

Source: ODNB on Alice Chaucer, duchess of Suffolk

Photograph of the tomb of Alice Chaucer by the present author.

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19
May

Rest in peace, John Ashdown-Hill

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis   in News, Society News

The following statement was issued by the Executive Committee of the Richard III Society via Facebook earlier today.

It is with sadness that we announce the passing today (18th May 2018) of Dr John Ashdown-Hill. A prolific and popular author, John played an important, not to say critical, role in the Looking for Richard Project. It was he who tracked down Mike Ibsen, one of the two whose DNA helped to confirm that the remains in the car park were actually those of King Richard. When we first learnt of John’s illness, one could only wonder how long he had before he succumbed, Motor Neurone Disease coming in various forms, some worse than others. For John, his passing was probably a blessing though he will be much missed by his friends and members of the Society. Our thoughts and prayers go with them all at this time. The news comes too late for the June issue of the Ricardian Bulletin but there will be a full tribute in the September issue.

Executive Committee

19
May

Richard III Society 2018 Conference

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Conventions, Meetings

Richard III Society 2018 Conference

Hosts: Richard III Society, NSW Branch, Inc.

Where?

Albury Manor House Hotel
593Young Street, Albury, NSW, 2640

When?

Friday November 9, 2018
(Registration Nov 8 from 3.30PM)

What?

A day of discovery about the times of King Richard III of England · Informative talks & presentations · Raffles and sales · Entertainment · Great company

How?

Register interest and deposit by July 30
Final payment due September 30

Back by popular demand!

The most recent conference of the Richard III Society, NSW Branch, in November 2016 was hailed as an outstanding success by all comers. By popular accord we will return in 2018 to Albury to relive our enjoyable time and add new moments to our Ricardian memories.

Delegates  are  invited  to  express  interest  in  presenting. Research,  book  reviews, controversy all welcome. Would you be interested in participating in a segment on the program on Friday entitled: “Why and How am I a Ricardian”? All expressions of interest to be lodged by June 30. (see booking form).

Accommodation – Book  directly  with  the  hotel,  identifying  your  stay  as  related  to  the  Richard  III Conference. The Albury Manor House Hotel boasts 40 rooms equipped with various facilities to ensure an enjoyable stay. Rooms available in single, double, twin or family configurations which sleep up to 5.  Features include an indoor pool and sauna, dry cleaning service, secure covered parking and free Wi-Fi. PH: (02) 6041 1777
Email: alburymanorhouse@bigpond.com   www.alburymanor.com.au

Travel – Hotel is close to railway station and local airport. Local taxi service is available on (02) 6025 2255.

Rail  travel  from  Sydney: Dep.  Central  Nov  8  7.42am;  Arr.  Albury  3.11pm.  Return  Dep.  Albury Nov  10  11.47am,  Arr.  Central  7.59pm.  Book  after  17/5/18.  Identify  as Richard  III  Society  member. Request car C. Book individually. Pensioner supplement booking fee $42.54.
Info: Kevin Herbert (02) 9977 8505

 

Program
Day 1: Thursday 8th:  3.30 Registration and afternoon tea. 6.00 Pre-dinner drinks. 7.00 Dinner (own cost)
Day 2: Friday 9th:  9.00 – 5.00 Biennial One-Day Conference. 7.00 Medieval Banquet (cost separate)
Day 3: Saturday 10th:  Departures, optional local tours

General enquiries: richardiiialbury2018@gmail.com

Richard III Society, NSW Branch, Incorporated – www.richardiii-nsw.org.au
Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Click on the link below to download the registration form.

Registration Form 2018

 

 

19
May

19 MAY 1536

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Execution of Anne Boleyn, just 19 weeks after the death of Henry VIII’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon.

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18
May

18 MAY 1471

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Richard, Duke of Gloucester, named Great Chamberlain and Lord High Admiral of England by his brother Edward IV.

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