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The arms of de la Pole, called Jackanapes


The Rise to Power of William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk The Wars of the Roses, and the political turmoil that led up to them, involved many notorious political actors.  Perhaps one of the… Read More »Jackanapes!

Easter illuminated manuscript

Medieval Easter

Easter is the most important time of year in the Christian calendar.  Whilst our medieval forebears had Easter eggs and hot cross buns, there was no Easter bunny and (even more disappointingly) no chocolate.  However,… Read More »Medieval Easter

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Parliament of Bats

Early in 1426, a tense, angry Parliament met at Leicester.  One of the king’s uncles accused another of his uncles of treason.  The atmosphere was tense, violence threatened to erupt at any time.  England was… Read More »Parliament of Bats