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“Horrible History for Families” – Ipswich

Every Wednesday and Friday during the summer holidays, these walking tours are coming to Ipswich. They are aimed at accompanied children from 7 to 12, although younger ones are welcome. They start at the Tourist Information Centre at 10:30* and last ninety minutes for £3. On the left, is a haunted image of Christchurch Mansion.

  • Please arrive by 10:15.
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An obituary

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Here is the BBC’s official post about Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, who died last Friday. However, his permanent legacy includes these Powerpoint presentations, originally devised so that he can still educate you about Richard, his life, family and era when he first became unwell enough to do so in person. Alternatively, this is the East Anglian Daily Times’ take.

Image: Riikka.

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Developments at Sutton Hoo

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This East Anglian Daily Times article reveals that Sutton Hoo, almost certainly the burial of Raedwald, the Wuffing King of East Anglia who was Richard III’s collateral ancestor, will be the subject of its first major dig for nearly thirty years.

A new viewing tower (left) will be installed during the process, between May 29th and June 2nd. Tranmer House, home of the late Edith Pretty will also be transformed, as the result of a substantial National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.

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Britain’s most historic towns

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This excellent Channel Four series reached part four on 28th April as Dr. Alice Roberts came to Norwich, showing streets, civic buildings and even a pub that I have previously visited, describing it as Britain’s most “Tudor” town. She began by describing Henry VII as “violently seizing” the English throne (or at least watching whilst his uncle Jasper and the Earl of Oxford violently seized it for him).

As the “Tudor” century progressed, she changed into a red woollen dress and explained how the sumptuary laws would have prevented her from wearing other colours and fabrics. Henry VIII’s attempts to obtain an annulment were mentioned, as was Kett’s Rebellion on Mousehold Heath under Edward VI. The Marian Persecution was described in detail and some of her victims in Norwich were named, most of them being burned at the “Lollards’ Pit”, where a pub by that name now standsLollardsPit.jpg. As…

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

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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

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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,

Janine

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