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Cardinal Wolsey’s “angels” to go on display….


One of Wolsey's Bronze Angels“Sculptures of angels designed for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey and then lost for hundreds of years will go on display next week.

“The Wolsey Angels will be exhibited at New Walk Museum from Saturday, April 28, as part of a touring exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.”

This link also contains a very interesting video about the history of Leicester.

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Richard III in Lego

The Visitor Centre in Leicester really has been busy over the Easter holiday – and here is the result


The Court of Requests and Thomas Seckford


In 1484, King Richard III created a minor equity court to deal with minor disputes in equity; these are disputes where the harshness of common law would be acknowledged by those appointed by the Crown. Equity courts were mostly seen as the Lord Chancellor’s remit, and the split of the Chancery Courts from the Curia Regis happened in the mid-fourteenth century. By the time of King Richard III, the Chancery Court had become backlogged from cases pleading the harshness of the common law, and the Court of Requests was no doubt and attempt to remove minor equity cases from the backlog and free up court time – Richard’s attempt at reducing bureaucracy and better administration.

So successful was the Court of Requests that it survived Richard’s reign, and was formalised by the Privy Council of Henry “Tudor”, the usurper. It was a popular court, because the cost of cases was…

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A new novel – excuse the tautology

Here is a link to an excellent and imaginative new novel from Richard III Society member, Marla Skidmore (no relation to Chris!!!).

I was fortunate enough to read it when it was still in infancy stages, just loose pages of double-spaced type. I have to say it is beautifully written and looks at Richard from a completely different angle.

But don’t just take my word for it, have a read yourselves and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



A new book by Lynda Telford …

… with a foreword by John Ashdown-Hill.

Here it is …

The Daughter of Time

For those of you who don’t subscribe to Facebook (where we have published the link), here is information of a radio serialisation of The Daughter of Time on Radio 4 Extra.

Somehow, I think we’ll all be tuning into this one!

Happy listening,


The Court of Richard III

As some of you are fans:

On October 2nd the new version of Court of King Richard III by The Legendary Ten Seconds was released. Here are some links to it:-



Thanks very much to Ian Churchward for the links.

Another house for sale


Have you ever wanted to own a property associated with the Gosnold familyimage (1)?

Well, here is your chance. Otley Hall, the childhood home of Bartholomew Gosnold, is now for sale and will hopefully be open more frequently. It was also featured here.

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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.

dscf3096 Arms of King Edward III and his sons over the gateway to Trinity College…

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