History is everywhere we look, it is what has shaped us and the world we live in today. There is so much of it and none of it is more important that the other. ‘For the Love of History is a blog written by historian Laura Adkins with a focus on historic places in Essex… Read More ‘We are not makers of history. We are made by history’ Martin Luther King
This month I am exploring local history, what it is and my local history of Southend. I have written a number of posts on sites and events near my home and their histories. But to begin with what is Local History? In fairness I think it can be said that all history is local. Everywhere… Read More Local History, A missing Church and a historian
Maldon, Essex, a place for day-trippers and popular with families. The town began during the Saxon era, although evidence of Neolithic and Roman habitation have been discovered. Initially known as Mael-dun, meaning the meeting place Hill. Maldon’s main claim to historic fame was the battle of Maldon against the Saxons and the Vikings in 991… Read More Maldon’s Past
The Fools of the Royal Court We have all heard of the jesters and fools of the royal court and how they provided entertainment for the monarchy. Usually these ‘fools’ were of the ‘natural’ kind which meant that they most likely would have been, in regards to today’s society, adults with learning difficulties. It was… Read More Royal Fools and the ‘Mad’ King
Today in the UK going to hospital when seriously ill or injured is a normal expected occurrence. However, did you know the hospital had its origins in the monastic religious houses? The origin of the word hospital comes from the latin word – “hospes”, which stands for “a guest or visitor” – which is meant… Read More Monasteries to Madness – the history of the hospital
For Anthony Woodvile month I was fortunate to interview author Matt Lewis author of a number of books focused on the Wars of the Roses and chairman of the Ricardian Society. Find out his views on the Woodvilles, what got him on the history path and where he would travel back to if he could.… Read More Q and A with Matt Lewis, Author and Chairman of the Ricardian Society.
Guest post by Danielle Burton @princessburton [Twitter] With Edward IV’s decision to marry Elizabeth Woodville, he had undone a possible treaty with France, and so needed new allies to consolidate his claim to the English throne, which he had taken from Henry VI in 1461. Who better to choose than France’s neighbour, Burgundy, a separate… Read More Anthony Woodville’s Burgundian Connections
A few weeks ago, during my week of work I took a short journey of nearly 200 miles to visit Pontefract Castle. I wanted to visit the place where Anthony Woodville was executed and what has gone down in history as the “Key to the North” (Edward I). Concentric in design, the castle had 10… Read More A visit to Pontefract Castle
W – William Caxton Anthony met William Caxton while in Flanders, who at the time was a merchant in the service to Margaret of burgundy. Caxton moved to England in 1476 bringing with him the first printing press to be seen in England. This is where Anthony became his patron. Anthony had the prince under… Read More Anthony Woodville – the erle revers (part 2)
A – Anthony – The eldest son of RIchard Woodville and Jaquetta of Luxembourg, Antony was born into a family of reasonable wealth. He grew up at the woodville home of Grafton Regis, surrounded by 5 brothers and 8 sisters including Elizabeth, the future queen and wife of King Edward IV. N – notes of… Read More Anthony Woodville – the erle revers, that gentill knight (part 1)
I would like to welcome historian and author Dan Jones to this month’s Q and A, and I have to say I am a little starstruck! Thank you Dan for agreeing to feature on my blog. Firstly, this month’s theme of For the Love of History is the Peasants Revolt. This was the topic of… Read More Q and A with Historian and Author Dan Jones.