Margaret Beaufort has had links with the county of Lincolnshire since at least the middle of the 15th century, for instance she is known to have held the Manor of Bourne from about 1445. Following the fall of the House of York, she was granted other Lincolnshire estates such as the manor of Tattershall, which, along with its castle, had been forfeited to the crown in 1471. She also received the manor of Stamford following the death of Cecily Neville in 1495. She must have had some affection for the fenlands because she spent much of her time, when she was married to her third husband, at their castle in the aforementioned manor of Bourne.
She is also known to have spent some time in the market town of Boston, her account books show an entry of a payment to a child who played a song for her during a visit - maybe she was entertained in the household of Fredrick and Margaret Tilney in their Skirbeck home. She may well have even attended a service at the recently built St Botolph's Church and been shown the newly carved choir stalls and misericords. The Tilney's were an important family in Boston at the time of Margaret's visit, later their great granddaughter would become Henry VIII's fifth wife.
Despite what many think of Henry VII's mother, she was a generous benefactor to churches and abbeys and often kind to those less fortunate that herself and, this is why her emblem of the portcullis can be found dotted around the town.
She can also be seen immortalised, albeit quite recently, in a stained glass window in the at St Botolph's.
3rd November 1456
Edmund and his brother Jasper had arrived at the court of their half brother Henry VI in 1446, four years earlier, following the death of their mother, Catherine of Valois, the two boys had been placed under the care of Abbess of Barking Katherine de la Pole, the abbey was paid an allowance of £52 12s for their care. It was Katherine who introduced and encouraged the relationship with Henry VI, this was more to do with lack of money for her to continue their support, rather than noticing that they were a couple of likely candidates for the ‘Wales Got Talent’ contest. Henry accepted them into his court, it may have been for dynastic reasons or personal reasons, no one really knows, although it must have been of some comfort to a quiet and retiring king to have brothers on whom he thought he could rely.
The boy's father Owain ap Marededd ap Tudur’s origins, are somewhat vague, he is said to have arrived at the court of Henry V in 1415, but at some point he was under the command of the Welsh warrior Dafydd Gam, the maternal grandfather of the Vaughan's of Tretower and a staunch opponent of Owain Glyndwr. Tudor’s affair with Catherine of Valois had been conducted away from court and resulted in a number of other children, besides Edmund and Jasper. The twenty or so years that covered the Tudor sons adolescence under the control of the aforementioned Katherine de la Pole, appears to be have been unremarkable and prior to them being formally recognised as the Henry VI’s legitimate uterine brothers in 1452 and their ennoblement as earls of Richmond and Pembroke, their ‘Welshness’ can be called into question, Edmund, it seems, had no connection with the Welsh until after his marriage to the teenage Margaret Beaufort in 1452, and neither did Jasper until he moved into Pembroke Castle and took up Lancaster's cause.
In 1455 as mentioned he had married the twelve years old Margaret Beaufort and wasted little time getting her pregnant, the poor child gave birth to the future Henry VII a year later.
However, Tudor was not destined to see his only child, he was dead of the plague by the end of this day in 1456.
Who loves jelly?
I know I do, strawberry is my favourite flavour and always in the shape of a rabbit.
During the Wars of the Roses there were no blue plastic moulds like the one from my childhood, only pottery or metal ones.
At Henry VI's coronation in Westminster Hall in 1429, his personal badge of an
'antelope with a crowne about his necke with a chayne of golde'
decorated the top of a white jelly or leach as it was then known.
According to Elias Ashmole's History of the Noble Order of the Garter published in London in 1672, a dinner held at St George's Hall in Windsor Castle, jellies were served at the very end of the meal. Surviving records state that these jellies were in the shape of animals and castles. A lovely gilded rosewater leche, just like the image seen below, was consumed at a Garter Feast in 1520.
In Tudor times another jelly, known as Jely Ypocras was served just before the second course, it is thought that it was made by turning
'the spiced wine hypocras into a jelly with isinglass, hartshorn, calves feet or ivory shavings.'
No recipe has survived, but food historians think that this was how this jelly was made.
I think I will give it a miss thank you!
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