A Royal Traitor: The Life & Execution of Thomas of Lancaster, a guest post by Stephen Spinks

On this day 695 years ago, Thomas of Lancaster, cousin to Edward II came to a grisly end outside the walls of his castle at Pontefract. Here is his dramatic life story and that all important game changing demise execution.  Lancaster’s death, coming after the surrender and imprisonment of the Mortimers and the violent death of … More A Royal Traitor: The Life & Execution of Thomas of Lancaster, a guest post by Stephen Spinks

Mortimer History Society: News

RESULTS OF THE 2016 ESSAY COMPETITION  First Prize (£750)  Miraculous Marches: The Cult of Thomas de Cantilupe and the Mortimers by Ian Bass Second Prize (£300) Legal Culture in a medieval Marcher Lordship : a comparative analysis of the Dyffryn Clwyd court rolls By Angharad Jones Commended Heartless, Witless, Graceless, Thriftless: Roger Mortimer and the Scots … More Mortimer History Society: News

The Mortimer marriage of Elizabeth de Badlesmere

Elizabeth de Badlesmere was born circa 1313, one of the daughters of Baron Bartholomew de Badlesmere and his wife Margaret de Clare [1.]  Aged three or four Elizabeth was married to Edmund Mortimer, the son and heir of Roger Mortimer 3rd Baron Wigmore and his wife Joan de Geneville[2.] at Ernwood, Kinlet in Shropshire.[2.] Born circa … More The Mortimer marriage of Elizabeth de Badlesmere

Hugh de Mortimer

Today I am writing -albeit briefly- about Hugh de Mortimer, an earlier member of the Mortimer family who died in 1181.  Hugh is believed to have been born in Normandy in the 1090’s, possibly sooner. He was the grandson of the first Mortimer,  (de Mortimer) Roger who took his name from the castle of Mortemer in … More Hugh de Mortimer

The Poynings wills

I have added these wills as they explain better the family of Agnes Mortimer, Mother of Thomas Bardolf the subject of a previous post. My notes are added in bold italic.    Sir Michael de Poynings, Knt (1st Baron Poynings) Michael de Poynings, Knt. Friday after the Feast of St Matthew the Apostle 1368.[1.] My body … More The Poynings wills

Warwick, Clarence and their women flee England. April 1470

As stated on my home page, from time to time I will write about other areas of medieval history.  Today I have chosen to write about Richard Nevill, earl of Warwick and his son in law George Plantagenet, duke of Clarence. Clarence was the brother of kings Edward IV and Richard III.  He was also the x3 great … More Warwick, Clarence and their women flee England. April 1470

Inquisition Saturday before the Annunciation 49 Henry III (1264) A guest post by David Pilling

I have previously welcomed a two part guest post on Roger Mortimer, 1st baron Wigmore by David Pilling. This new post by David details Roger Mortimer, a steadfast and loyal ally to the crown, and his deadly attack on Hereford. This city took the side of Simon de Monfort during the Second Barons War and … More Inquisition Saturday before the Annunciation 49 Henry III (1264) A guest post by David Pilling

Mortimer History Society: Dates for your diary and news

News The Mortimer History Society is now a registered charity with registration number 1171392. This means that the Society will be able to benefit financially by claiming gift aid from the government on subscriptions and donations from all UK taxpayers who are eligible and agree. We’ll be sending out more details about this later. Via Hugh Wood … More Mortimer History Society: Dates for your diary and news