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A well-connected Archdeacon?


As we said last year, late mediaeval prelates were often well-connected. Indeed, as this ODNB article shows, William Pykenham, Archdeacon of Suffolk, died some time in spring 1497, approximately sixty years after his father. His mother was Katherine Barrington, of the prominent Hatfield Broadoak family, which explains some of his appointments through her Bourchier and Stafford social connections, including that of Rector of Hadleigh in 1470. He served as an executor for his patron, Thomas Bourchier Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1486 and then for Cecily Duchess of York in 1495.

In his role as Archdeacon, Pykenham is associated with two great buildings, of which only these Gatehouses remain: one in Hadleigh and one in Ipswich. He also had dealings with two maternal cousins: Thomas and Thomasine Barrington, the latter being the wife of Sir John Hopton of Blythburgh.

Here too (top) is Barrington Hall, home of the family that…

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Society events in Leicestershire

The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924
Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

Bringing you the latest important news and events about Richard III.

Dear Members,

Please find below flyers for events taking place at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and the 1620s House and Gardens at Donington Le Heath this summer.

Bosworth – ‘Dissolution: Monasteries to Manors’ talk 19th July 2017

1620s House – Friends of Jacobean Craft Group

1620s House – The Medieval Manor Houses of Leicestershire talk 26th July 2017

Don’t forget that Members of the Society will receive 20% off standard admission on production of their new style Membership Card.

Kind regards,

Executive Committee

Society news

The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924
Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO
Bringing you the latest important news and events about Richard III.

Dear Members,

Research blog launched

The Research Committee have set up a blog to help share knowledge of recent research into the life and times of Richard III. It is for both Ricardians and anyone interested in the fifteenth century. The blog can be found at https://riiiresearch.blogspot.co.uk/. The first post (“Buried Treasures”) relates to the burials of Richard’s siblings at Fotheringhay church as well as to one of Cecily duchess of York’s books, and the latest post – “The Myth of Joan of York”

Richard III and the Wider World – Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham

Richard III and historical enthusiasts are invited to a varied programme of talks looking at the Northern attitude towards the King; 15thcentury Netherlands; dress of differing social levels in medieval society, and continental art at the royal court. Date: 28 June 2017; Time: 10.30 – 3.00; Cost: £3.00, inc. light refreshments. Booking is required, tel: 01833 690606 or visit http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/Whats-On/Events/PgrID/1490/PageID/5

Introductory Reading List

The Research Committee have compiled an introductory reading list which is available on the Homepage of the Society website (http://www.richardiii.net). It includes a selection of titles which are the Committee’s personal favourites and those that they have found most useful in understanding Richard III and his world.

Kind regards,

Executive Committee

Starting very soon …

There’s less than a week to go now until the start of A History of Royal Food and Feasting.

Hosted by Professors Kate Williams and Lindy Grant together with colleagues in Food and Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Reading and expert curators and food historians from Historic Royal Palaces, this course will explore the changing tastes of five monarchs and their influence on the foods we eat today.

One of the great benefits of an online course like this, is the opportunity to join conversations with fellow learners from around the world. Why not start now?

Can you identify these mystery objects, uploaded to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram? What do you think they were used for?

Share your suggestions on social media using #FLRoyalFood, or if you prefer, join the conversation with fellow learners in the course Welcome area. We’re really looking forward to meeting you! And if you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to fill out our pre-course survey.

So what’s in store for Week 1?

Join us at Hampton Court Palace, the iconic backdrop for our exploration of royal Tudor food and feasting. The palace kitchens catered for up to 600 courtiers, visiting dignitaries and of course Henry VIII himself at any one time. How did the palace manage to feed them all – not to mention the staff? And this was just on a normal day at court! You’ll also explore one of the most spectacular events held at the palace during the reign of King Henry VIII; the Christening of his long-awaited son, Prince Edward VI and what was likely to have been on the menu at such a grand occasion.

Is it true that Henry VIII was a messy eater? And that the Tudors feared vegetables and fruit? You’ll be able to separate fact from fiction as we investigate what was really eaten by Henry and his court.

For the keen cooks amongst you, why not recreate your own Tudor feast at home? Find out how to make a cheese tart the Tudor way. Or if that isn’t to your taste, why not try your hand at Fylettys en Galentyne or a Tarte owt of Lente?

There’s still time to sign up. So if you think you’d enjoy learning alongside your friends, family and colleagues you can invite them to register here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/royal-food/3

We look forward to meeting you next week.

Professor Kate Williams and Professor Lindy Grant
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Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge and its Royal Patrons

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In the very heart of historic Cambridge, stands a tall and elegant late Perpendicular Gothic church, sandwiched between the colleges and market square.

The church of St Mary the Virgin has stood on the site since 1205; the first recorded rector being Thomas de Chiveley who was appointed in the reign of King John.

The church was burnt to the ground in 1290. The local Jewish population were blamed for this unfortunate event and were punished by shutting down their synagogue. After the rebuilding of the church it was re-named Great St Mary’s, to differentiate it from Little St Mary’s in 1351.

King Edward III was a benefactor of the church at this time, along with his re-founding of King’s Hall in Cambridge which was later assimilated into Trinity College during the reign of King Henry VIII.

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Few will be board by this

Here is a review of a Richard III themed board game by Columbia Games.

h/t Ian Churchward

Tonight on “Yesterday”:

Another chance to see C4’s “The Man who Killed Richard III”.

It starts at 20:00 BST and Yesterday is a Freeview (19) channel.

Thanks to Melanie.

Events in Leicester (and beyond)

Special event to commemorate Richard III on Sunday, 19 March in Market Bosworth

In 2015 Market Bosworth felt very privileged to be a key resting place on the last journey of the mortal remains of King Richard III to their reburial in Leicester Cathedral. That special event, on 22 March, attracted many thousands of people to view the funeral cortège as it passed through the village which was bedecked with banners, bunting and shields in honour of the King. Thanks to the hard work of a small number of local people, the event, and in particular the sale of 1485 porcelain white roses, resulted in a small financial surplus being available for community use. Inspired by the legacy of the 22 March event, the Parish Council together with the village’s Richard III steering group, decided to use the fund primarily to commission an artwork to be installed in the Market Place. In addition to the village’s Richard III funds, the commemoration has been supported by Hinckley and Borough Council and the input of a small number of local volunteers. The artwork will be dedicated by the Rector of Market Bosworth Rev. Mark Poskitt, Richard Smith and Sally Henshaw representing the Richard III Society and Councillor Richard Allen the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council on 19th March.

The artwork has been crafted by local specialist stone sculptor, Damian Witty. Some images of Damian making the artwork will be uploaded to the Society’s website shortly. Apart from the text around the stone the centre will portray a white rose. The artwork will be officially revealed at 3.30 as part of a medieval themed event in the Market Place. Captain Mortimer and his re-enactors will be there, plus the award winning Hawkwise from the Battlefield Centre, medieval music, a special mobile cinema, Bosworth Battlefield retail stall, the community choir and much more. It is planned that bunting and floral displays in the colours of Richard III will be hung around the Square, and white roses will decorate shop windows.
The events are free, and commence at 1pm, concluding at 5pm.

Richard III Events in Leicester for reburial weekend 2017

Details have just been announced of events marking the anniversary of the reburial.
There will be a service at Leicester Cathedral at 3.00 pm on Saturday March 25th. Representatives of the Richard III Society will be taking part in the service. No further details of this are currently available.

The Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester, LE1 5DB Tel: 0300 300 0900 will holding a Question and Answer session with Philippa Langley at 10.00 am on Saturday March 25th. The price for this is £10. The event is due to be launched on Monday and should appear on the Richard III Visitor Centre website – www.kriii.com.

It is also understood that Philippa Langley will be opening the Belmont Hotel’s new Richard III bedroom at lunchtime on Friday March 24th. Philippa will also be hosting a dinner on the evening of Saturday March 25th. Further details of these events and a weekend package can be obtained.

A note about Middleham Castle RIII Standard flying on 16th March 2017

To mark the anniversary of the death of Anne Neville on March 16th, the Richard III Standard at Middleham Castle will fly at half-mast. It should be noted, however, that the castle itself is notopen to the public on this day.

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