The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE
 

Fifteenth Century Panel

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Red and white roses of the houes of Lancaster and York make the Tudor Rose from the Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries The opening motif

Two roses growing from the same stem - the red rose for the House of Lancaster and the white rose for the House of York, are symbolic of the struggle for power between the descendants of King Edward III's power-seeking brood. The struggle for the throne, often referred to as 'the cousins' wars' spanned two centuries and affected the reigns of seven kings from Richard ii, who was forced to abdicate in favour of his cousin Henry IV in 1399 to Henry VII who won the crown in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth.

The Staffords, descendants of one of William the Conqueror's standard bearers Roger de Toeni, had been doing rather well for themselves over the centuries and had risen through the hierarchy to become earlls. There had been several excellent marriages which had brought more wealth and splendid property into the damily so their original castle at Stafford was now only one of many residences in their possession.

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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Sylvia's review
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman

Set at the time of the Wars of the Roses this is a weighty tome for a paperback. It consists of four "books" each relating to one of the main players in the drama and running to nearly 900 pages. But, if you love late medieval history, especially the internecine quarrels between the Red and White Rose factions of Lancaster and York, this book is a rivetting read, full of treachery, murder, intrigue, wenching and the excesses of the majority of medieval royal courts.
The book is unusual in that Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III, the humpbacked evil genius of Shakespeare's play, is portrayed sympathetically. It is obvious that the author has researched extensively the period of which she is writing and come to the conclusion that history has wronged King Richard. She cites several instances of what she calls "Tudor propaganda" in her notes at the end of the novel one of which is the deliberate over-painting of a contemporary portrait of Richard to give the impression of a deformity to which Shakespeare's play gives further credence. Sharon Penman (what a literate name!) is an American, as are quite a few historical authors who have a fascination for English History,and a thoroughly good job she makes of this compelling book.
  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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