The crown for King Richard III, commissioned by John Ashdown-Hill, is now complete! It will be on public display all day at Tewkesbury Abbey on May 3rd 2014.
John met the jeweller in London last Wednesday to discuss the jewels for the crown.
The design has been modified once more. The original plan had been to use only rubies and sapphires (being the colours of the Yorkist livery). However, Richard III is known to have wanted to acquire an emerald and an anonymous donor has given a couple of cabochon emeralds for the crown! Medieval crowns were not systematic in the colours of their jewels and the emeralds will fit nicely on the front and back crosses.
John Ashdown-Hill takes on all controversial British royal marriages in this work, well organized chronologically with particular focus on key figures and exceptional circumstances surrounding the marriage, or lack thereof. Early chapters provide background information on the evolution of marriage in general as well as royal marriage practices. Did you know that in the Medieval Age it was more common to marry at the west door of a church, rather than inside at the altar?
George Plantagenet, the Duke of Clarence may have come from one of the most powerful families of the middle ages, but somewhere along the way we have lost him. We know him as false fleeting perjur’d Clarence, always as a traitor, sometimes as a drunk and a madman. Edward IV may have been a notorious womaniser, taken the throne of England over the corpses of thousands and murdered his predecessor, the virtually helpless King Henry VI. But we remember him for his glistening court, a romantic hero who married for love and a brilliant military general. King Richard III may have been maligned by history but he has the benefit of his own historical society. Conveniently some of Edward IV’s crimes have been attributed to Richard, but his devoted band of Ricardians and many historians have brought the real Richard III to light. But what of George? He is lost in time. Even his remains have vanished.