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Fotheringhay Church and the Wars of the Roses

Some good news about Fotheringhay Church and the society gets a mention –




Thanks to Pam Benstead and Elizabeth Nokes for the information below about a new version of Shakespeare’s Henry VI parts I, II & III at Stratford & related events:



Discovered in Norwich


Whilst visiting Norwich to see the Whitefriars plaque to Lady Eleanor Talbot, Richard’s sister-in-law, in Tomblands near the Cathedral, I happened to take lunch in a particular hostelry, the Glass House. It is principally named for the city’s stained glass industry and various panels, also commemorate the author Harriet Martineau, the rebel Robert Kett, Cotman and the other “Norwich School” artists.

The panel nearest the main door was this one (left). Sir Thomas, who bore the name of a North Norfolk village, served John of Gaunt, helped to implement Henry IV’s usurpation before joining Henry V as an archery commander at Harfleur and Azincourt, and eventually dying in 1428. The other pictures are of Sir Thomas,  Henry IV and the Upper Close at Norwich Cathedral. 

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Britain’s most historic towns


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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Newsletter: September 2017

MAG Newsletter Sept 2017

“The Hollow Crown”

The BBC will be filming the second series of ‘The Hollow Crown’, Henry
VI pts 1 & 2 and Richard III and are looking for people to take part.
They are currently looking for men between 18 and 65 to take part in
scenes for the battles of Tewkesbury, Towton and Bosworth. Filming will
take place just outside London for three weeks starting 22nd September.
They will also be casting men, women and children for filming
throughout the UK between September and January of next year.

Anyone interested should send an E-mail containing name, age, address
and a picture to: bbcshakespeare2014@gmail.com

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