The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Fifteenth Century Panel

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Alton Castle built by Bertrun de VerdunYet another fortune seeking Norman castle builder was Bertrun de Verdun who seems to have arrived in /england at the behest of King Henry I early in the twelfth century. It was this family who in 1176 founded Croxden Abbey depicted in the thirteenth century panel (as an important part of Staffordshire's sheep farming industry and possibly the sanctuary of King John's heart).
The de Verduns though were not destined to enjoy a lasting dynasty here in England for after building his castle and founding his manastery, Bertrun went off to the Crusades with Richard the Lionheart and died in the Holy Land.
His heir was a grand-daughter whose son adopted the name Verdun and inherited Alton. But male heirs eluded this family and a century later, in 1316, the castle which, according to some near contemporary accounts was already a ruin, passed in marriage to the Fernivals of Sheffield who were well set up with estates of their own and didn't much care for their new Staffordshire appendage. Early in the century the Fernival heiress married a Marcher lord from the Welsh borders, John Talbot. John was a warrior who brought back from France tales of a young woman in white armour named Joan who had repulsed him from Orleans. For his services in France the Lancastrian King, Henry VI, created him Earl of Shrewsbury. It was probably this man who rebuilt the crumbling Alton Castle but we can leave the Talbots' for now as they crop up again in the next century. 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 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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