The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

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Coat of Arms Handsacre and Mauveisyn from 15th C panel of Staffordshire Millennium EmbroideriesThe Earl of Stafford was not the only head of a Staffordshire family to die at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1404. The coats of arms of the knights, Sir William Handsacre and Sir Robert Mauveisyn represent a story of two families who supported opposing sides during the reign of the first Lancastrian King, Henry IV. Just three years previously Henry had taken the throne from Richard II and started the squablle that was to bloom into the 'Wars of the Roses'.
Sir Robert Mauveisyn whose castle (long gone) was at Mauveisyn Ridware, receivfed a call to arms and set out at the head of his band of make-shift soldiers to meet up with King Henry's forces at Shrewsbury. At the same time, his neighbour, a Yorkist, Sir William Handsacre, set forth at the head of his band of retainers to link up with Henry Percy 'Hotspur', who was plotting the new King's overthrow. The two contingents met, still within sight of home ground and staged their own free-for-all. Sir William was killed by Sir Robert who then carried on the Shrewsbuiry where he too met his end. But the story doesn't end there! After this double slaying, Sir Robert's daughter Joanna married Sir William Handsacre's son. Hardly the basis for a tranquil marriage - but the union probably had more to do with politics than any affinity between the two young people concerned.. 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.
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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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