The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Fourteenth Century Panel

12th century
13th century
14th century
15th century
16th century
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
the map
the map key


Staffordshire Millennium EmbroideriesThe closing motif
In 1399 Richard II, the last Plantagenet king was forced to abdicate. One of Richard's greatest problems seems to have been that his grandfather was over fecund. Edward III had five sons and a clutch of daughters, most of whom married and reproduced so that Richard had any amount of cousins with reasonable claims to his crown. His uncle, John of Gaunt and his son Henry who seized the throne, set the course for civil turmoil during the next century when several other descendants of Edward III schemed to be King of England.
Basically, Richard hadn't the stomach for the job of medieval king. He was less inclined to use his court as a war-office than as a base for promoting music, poetry and fashion - apparently, we owe to him the invention of the pocket handkerchief. 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



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