A slight diversion today, mainly because we didn’t visit anywhere starting with ‘J’ on our 15th century tour. Instead, I’ll show a few of the funny moments during our visits.
On our way back from York, we crossed the Towton Battlefield
and stopped at Dacre’s Cross in the middle of the battlefield as we saw white
roses on the cross. Although it was raining, I insisted on having a photo taken
pointing to the ‘lone hawthorn tree’ (on the horizon) which marks the position of the right flank
of the Yorkist forces. My friend was interrupted twice from taking the photo
because of passing cars – and, as there were puddles in the road, each time I
got sprayed with water. You can’t actually tell from this photo but, believe
me, I was soaking wet! I wonder, too, what the occupants of the passing cars thought
of this strange woman standing in the rain, pointing to an empty field!
On a visit to the church at Ashby St Leger, (home of William
Catesby, one of Richard’s most trusted councillors and Chancellor of the
Exchequer), we discovered that a carpet covered the memorial brass to
Catesby. My friend was in the midst of rolling back this carpet when the
churchwarden came in and demanded to know what we were doing! When we explained,
he very kindly gave us a guided tour of the whole church – and held back the
carpet so we could take photos of the brass.
Finally, here is Richard III at Middleham Castle! In July
2000 a Medieval Festival was held at Middleham, with a group of re-enactors,
portraying Richard, Anne Neville, Elizabeth of York, Thomas Stanley, Margaret
Beaufort, and Buckingham. It was slightly surreal seeing ‘Richard’ striding around the castle grounds in between their
performances, and even more so, later in the afternoon, to sit chatting to
Richard and Stanley (still in costume) outside a café in Middleham!