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On Christmas Eve, 1950, Scottish Nationalists broke into Westminster Abbey and carried off an oblong block of red sandstone called, in Gaelic, Lia Fail. Also known as the Stone of Scone and the Stone of Destiny, the kings of Scotland had been crowned sitting atop it since about the ninth century AD (although not in the coronation chair pictured, as that didn’t come into being until 1301). 147 more words


The king's sister - the life of a medieval princess

In a previous post I have discussed the challenges facing Eleanor of Castile – specifically that of presenting her husband, Edward I, with a male heir. 2,117 more words


Edward II & the Holy Oil of St Thomas Becket

The coronation of a king is a sacred affair marking a moment of great divinity and splendour. It is a highly crafted event. The medieval mind was a superstitious and devout one, and then more than now, the coronation literally as well as spiritually heralded the moment when the king was set above his people by the ordinance of God. 1,379 more words

Half-Brother to the King: Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent

Edmund of Woodstock’s trajectory would likely have been familiar terrain to the more famous Beaufort clan of the Wars of the Roses. Brother to a king, Edmund’s fortunes were tied to his relationship with the throne and, as a younger son, he was dependent on his own performance, ability and strategic marital alliance. 1,469 more words

The House Of Plantagenet

Edward I's Welsh Crusade

Any journey to Europe to visit medieval castles is incomplete without a trip to the Welsh countryside to appreciate arguably the most impressive ring of fortifications from the middle ages. 2,018 more words

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Brought to bed of a daughter? Try again!

One of the things a medieval queen was expected to provide her husband with was a male heir – and preferably a spare. For a medieval king to have only female heirs caused a number of problems, primarily that of convincing the male barons to swear allegiance to a woman. 1,728 more words


Eleanor’s Cross at Charing

On the death of his long time wife, Eleanor of Castile, at Harby in Nottinghamshire, close to the city of Lincoln, in 1290, King Edward I, commonly known as Edward Longshanks due to his tall statue for the time, was grief stricken and distraught and spoke of his “Queen of Good Memory” as he referred to her thus: “whom living we dearly cherished, and whom dead we cannot cease to love”. 559 more words