The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Fourteenth Century Panel

12th century
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18th century
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the map
the map key


Dudley Castle from the Staffordshire Millennium EmbroideriesBy no means all of the families who jumped on to Duke William's fortune-seeking bandwagon have survived the centuries. As mentioned in the map panel, the Ansculfs of Dudley Castle were there but fleetingly. The Paganels who followed them were not much more successful at founding a dynasty either and within a hundred years John de Somery obtained a neglected, unfortified castle by marrying the surviving female Paganel heir. The de Somery's prospered and were allowed to re-fortify the castle after its slighting in the time of Gervaise Paganel and in 1306, John de Somery was knighted. His chivalrous behaviour would certainly not have merited his entry into King Edward III's elite Order of the Knights of the Garter - but Edward was only a boy when John was running his medieval protection racket, forcing his local tenant farmers to either pay him cash or assist in the rebuilding of his castle. He left no heirs when he died in 1321 and so the castle changed hands yet again, this time to his sister's husband John de Sutton. It remained with that family - who changed their name to Dudley - for the next 400 years during which time one rather obscure offshoot of the clan produced star performers in many a Tudor intrigue. Now read in....

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


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