The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Thirteenth Century Panel

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Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries The flamboyant, crusading King Richard must have been a tough act to follow and his brother John has gone down in history as an unpleasant, cruel and avaricious man who probably had something to do with the murder of his young nephew Arthur of Brittany because of the boy's strong claim to the throne.

In 1215 some of John's barons rebelled against him and on the island of Runnymede in the River Thames near Windsor, he was forced to sign a charter defining royal powers, baronial rights and tge liberties of his subjects. Not all of the barons were iinvolved in this rebellion and both William de Ferrers, whose forebears appear in the twelfth century panel and his brother-in-law Ranulph, Earl of Chester remained loyal to John throughout his life and were close enoughh allies to act as witnesses to his death-bed will.

The charter was amended several times after John's death the following year and at the time of the 1217 amendment another smaller charter, dealing with the forest laws was also issued. To avoid confusion, King John's charter became known as the Magna Carta (large charter). Now read on....

The above extract is from the book written by Dianne Mannering about the history of Staffordshire woven into Sylvia Everitt's embroideries. Click here to find out more about the book or to buy a signed copy


From Sylvia's library

  Sylvia's review:
The Staffordshire Hoard by Kevin Leahy and Roger Bland
This delightful little book attempts to date The Hoard and theorises on the how and why it came to be found in a field in Burntwood Staffordshire.
The book is well illustrated in full colour with photos of various pieces of the hoard, some still have the mud of centuries clinging to them.
The skill and craftsmanship of the Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths cannot be doubted(and they call this period the Dark Ages?) and the similarities between the Hoard and the treasure of King Raedwald unearthed at Sutton Hoo in 1939 are striking.
The story of Terry Herbert's exciting find, using a metal detector, is told in the first chapter, the second gives a short outline of the life and times of Anglo-Saxon England plus some thoughts on the how and why of the Hoard.
For those of us who have been fortunate enough to have seen the Hoard this book is a treasured memento and for those of us who have not a spur to make the effort to see it.
One pound of the purchase price is donated to a fund for the conservation of the delicate jewels.
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