November 25, 2015


On 24 November Eleanor had been at Hardby for four or five days, unable to move even the few miles which remained to the comforts of Lincoln.

Indeed, we know that she was now unable to leave her bed, and for the first time the wardrobe records become unambigous about h...

November 20, 2015


 (A view into Harby)



On 20 November 1290 Edward I and Eleanor of Castile moved on from Marnham towards Lincoln. Although the city was only about 16 miles off it seems likely that the party knew taht ELeanor could not make the entire journey in one go, and that someon...

November 19, 2015


While Eleanor lay ill at Marnham on 19 November 1290 she did not lie idle, as her wardrobe book attests - a gift of twelve silver spoons were bought as a gift for Eleanor's favourite amongst her younger ladies, Joanna Wake, when Joanna left the royal household.

And the...

November 18, 2015


On 17 or 18 November Eleanor moved the 8 miles from Laxton to Marnham.  Marnham was one of the seats of the Chaworth family.  One of their more notable members, Patrick, had been amongst the roster of Edward's executors when he nearly died on crusade.  His heiress's l...

November 16, 2015

Following her trip to her Peak District properties, Eleanor had remained at King's Clipstone for the rest of October and early November.  Parliament was summoned there, with people being crammed in to every bit of accomodation in the small town and all the neighbouring...

September 1, 2015


On this day in 1290 Eleanor of Castile left one of her favourite places, the royal hunting lodge at Geddington, for the last time.  The lodge/palace was situated to the north East of the church in Geddington - perhaps somewhere near modern Wood Street.



The royal fami...

August 23, 2015

.... (out 28 October 2015, in case you had mssed the news!) I have finally got around to hanging the lst of my Eleanor prints.  Reading from left to right we have:

The 1723 Waltham Cross print

A copy of the extract from Stukeley's diary, with the Stamfrd Cross fragment h...

June 15, 2015

Thanks to Alison Weir, and her Great Queens tour, I have finally made it to Stamford, where I have finally met both the one remnant of the Stamford Cross (now in the Library, since the Museum has shut), and the modern homage to the Cross.  And here they both are!


April 23, 2015


As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend another day on babywatch for child No 2, let's spare a thought for Eleanor of Castile and Edward I on the same day in 1284, also on babywatch. In their case it was for at least the sixteenth time - the first time having been...

February 28, 2015

Today, I have invited Darren Baker, author of "With All for All: The Life of Simon de Montfort" to discuss whether Simon truly aimed at the crown, as has been suggested.  If So, Edward's life and possibly that of Eleanor too, would have been seriously in danger in the...

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