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date: 13 Feb
The Collapse of the Central Tower of Ely Cathedral    - 13th February 1322 -    The monks had just finished the service of matins, around 4.30am, in the monastery at Ely. There was a noise so loud that they believed they were suffering an earthquake. What had happened was that the central tower of the cathedral, where the nave joins the chancel...
tags:
  • 14th Century
  • Medieval
  • Religion
date: 22 Aug
The Battle of Bosworth   -  August 22nd 1485  -     "A horse, a horse, my Kingdom for a horse.” These famous words from Shakespeare’s Richard III speak of the frustration of the King, Richard, as he saw his crown and life slipping away from him. This pivotal battle in the Wars of the Roses, in effect, ended the medieval period and ushered in one...
tags:
  • 15th Century
  • Battles
  • Kings & Queens
  • Medieval
  • This week in history
  • Tudor
date: 04 Jun
The Death of Richard I, “The Lionheart”  -  April 6th 1199   Richard was attacking the small castle at Chalus in the Limousin, where Aimar V of Limoges had revolted. He had heard a rumour about the finding of a treasure trove of Roman gold in the area by a peasant girl and was determined to claim it as overlord in the region. On the evening of the...
tags:
  • 12th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • Medieval
  • Seiges
date: 03 Apr
The Crowning of Edward, The Confessor  -  3rd April 1042.     Vitae Ædwardi Regis, the book on the life of Edward, commissioned by his wife, describes the Anglo-Saxon King as “Of outstanding height and distinguished by his milky white hair and beard, full face and rosy cheeks, thin white hands and long translucent fingers. He was pleasant, but...
tags:
  • 11th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • Medieval
  • This week in history
date: 25 Oct
Friday 25th October 1415  -  "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.” So said Churchill about the pilots and ground crew who won the Battle of Britain in 1940 against the might of the German Luftwaffe.   In 1599 Shakespeare wrote the famous speech of Henry V on St Crispin’s day for his new play. “The fewer...
tags:
  • 15th Century
  • Battles
  • Kings & Queens
  • Medieval
  • This week in history