24
Dec

Season’s Greetings to all our readers

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis   in Events in History, NSW Branch News

Wishing all our readers a very merry Christmas

and lots of happiness and peace for the New Year.

 

 

Enjoy a carol from King’s College Chapel in Cambridge (click here).

Richard III was a generous benefactor of the building of the chapel, which had been started by Henry VI.  By the end of his reign the first six bays of the Chapel had reached full height and the first five bays, roofed with oak and lead, were in use. [1]  It was the Tudor kings, Henry VII and Henry VIII, who would eventually finish the chapel.

Note:

‘History of the Chapel’, King’s College Cambridge.  URL:  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/chapel/history.html [last accessed 23 November 2018]

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22
Dec

22 DECEMBER 1550

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Death of Edward Plantagenet (Richard of Eastwell) at Eastwell.  He is said to have claimed to be an illegitimate son of Richard III.

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22
Dec

22 DECEMBER 1476

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Death of Isabel Neville, wife of George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV and Richard III

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21
Dec

Death of Jasper Tudor

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis   in Events in History

Death of Jasper Tudor

Death of Jasper Tudor

Jasper Tudor, uncle of Henry Tudur (Henry VII), died on 21 December 1495.

Jasper Tudor was the second son of Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois, the widow of Henry V.  He was born in approx. 1431 at Bishops Hatfield, Herts, which belonged to the Bishops of Ely.

Jasper’s elder brother, Edmund, was married to Margaret Beaufort.  Their son Henry was born after his father’s death and his uncle played an important role in his upbringing and championing his nephew’s cause.  Once Henry became king he rewarded his uncle handsomely.

By 7 November 1485, he had married Katherine Woodville, widow of Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, and younger sister of Elizabeth, Edward IV’s queen.

He died on 21 December 1495 at his manor of Thornbury in Gloucestershire.  Katherine survived him and married two months later Richard Wingfield.

Sources:

R. S. Thomas, ‘Tudor, Jasper , duke of Bedford (c.1431–1495)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (October 2008).  (online accessed: 3 Feb 2011

Susan Higginbotham, ‘Jasper Tudor’s Will’, Medieval Woman (14 Oct 2008).  URL:  http://susandhigginbotham.blogspot.com.au/2008/10/jasper-tudors-will.html Date accessed:  9 Nov 2012

Dorothea Preis

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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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