Plantagenet (14th century): Horizontal Braiding, Gorget.
Gorget - When a wimple is worn without a veil, pinned over hair coils on the side of the head (Fig. 19). Sometimes the coils were braided horizontally (Fig.18). Horizontal Braiding- popular in the mid 14th century, the head would go uncovered, but sometimes a fillet would support the plaits ( Fig. 22).


What a day for Richard III fans! I am more than thrilled to have been connected in any way to what transpired to be such an exciting press conference. To have my art linked to this extraordinary search is nothing less than an honour. I’m so grateful to Richard Taylor at the University of Leicester for getting in touch, and massive props to Kate Brown and Paul Duffield for making my images look so colourful and shiny. Many congratulations to the whole team, and to Philippa Langley for bringing her (and many of our) dream to this stage! I’ll be watching the results closely.

Read all about the search these images accompany here


Medieval Ring Representing The Love Affair of The Duchess of Lancaster And John of Gaunt, Younger Brother of The Black Prince of Wales

This extremely rare gold and sapphire posy ring (c. 1360-1400 AD) was reputedly the property of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster, a gift from her lover, John of Gaunt,  the third son of King Edward III and a member of the House of Plantagenet. It has an ornate blackletter ‘alas for fayte’ inscription to the inner face of the bezel. The sapphire appears to have originated in Kashmir, and is likely to have traveled to Europe across the Silk Road.

Read more about John, Katherine and the ring below and you can watch a video about it here.

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August 22nd 1485: King Richard III dies

On this day in 1485, King Richard III of England died during the Battle of Bosworth Field, making him the last English monarch to die in battle. Before ascending to the throne, Richard served as protector of the realm for his nephew, the 12 year old King Edward V. Supposedly to protect him before his coronation, Richard had the young king and his brother lodged in the royal palace of the Tower of London. However, Edward’s claim to the throne was declared invalid and Richard claimed the throne for himself. Soon after Richard’s coronation in July 1483, ‘the Princes in the Tower’ mysteriously disappeared, leading many to believe Richard had them killed to consolidate his claim to the throne. Richard’s reign, and indeed much of that of his predecessors, was dominated by the Wars of the Roses. These wars for the throne were fought during the mid to late fifteenth century between the houses of Lancaster and York, rival factions of the royal House of Plantagenet. Richard III was a Yorkist and contributed to many of his house’s early victories in the conflict, helping ensure his brother and then his nephew’s reign. However, Richard III was destined to become the last king of both the House of York and the Plantagenet dynasty itself. He was defeated and killed by the forces of Lancastrian Henry Tudor in the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22nd August 1485, ending the Wars of the Roses and allowing Henry to become King and begin the rule of the Tudors. Richard III was buried unceremoniously at Grey Friars Church, and his remains were lost for centuries, until an excavation in 2012 found his skeleton under a car park in the city of Leicester. The subsequent renewed interest in Richard III, so maligned by William Shakespeare in the eponymous play as a murderer and “poisonous bunch-back’d toad”, was partly shaped by revisionist attempts to emphasise the positive aspects of his reign and character. In 2015, 530 years after his death, King Richard III was reburied in Leicester in a ceremony as befit a king.


queenbreaker, queenmaker

kingmaker, kingbreaker

It’s olde art! It’s… Vintage Vednesdays! Very vintage. Specifically a 1483 vintage! I think this was drawn 2009…? I’m not sure off-hand. Anyway, it’s King Edward V and his little brother Richard of York who are very literally lost to history. Considering we just found their uncle under a car-park (where my dad used to park!!!), I’m still hopeful. FOOLISHLY hopeful. That one day. We might know.

We’re also working at the moment on developing The Plantagenets and The Wars of the Roses for drama series. That’s the logical next step for me. You’ve had The Tudors, The White Queen, The Borgias, Rome, and so on. Game of Thrones is obviously huge, too, in the sort of alternative medieval sphere where you have barons and kings but also scary skeletons and dragons and whatnot. Anyway, all this I think suggests that there’s a massive, massive appetite for good quality, epic historical drama. So it makes sense to me to start taking these incredible stories from the Plantagenet era in that direction.

Dan Jones (via X)

WHAT? WHAT!! YES!!! And it better be ‘good quality’ cause I’ve had my fill of inaccuracies and bullshit tales of slander and incest.