Sir Roger Mortimer of Wigmore (Part Two) A guest post by David Pilling

I am very pleased to publish the second part of David Pillings excellent article on Sir Roger Mortimer of Wigmore. This Roger, as noted in part one, left behind a legacy of absolute loyalty to kings Edward I, and his Father Henry III. He personally slew Simon de Monfort, earl of Leicester and Hugh Despenser at … More Sir Roger Mortimer of Wigmore (Part Two) A guest post by David Pilling

Sir Roger Mortimer of Wigmore (Part One) A guest post by David Pilling

It is an unfortunate fact that the career of Roger Mortimer, 1st earl of March has eclipsed the deeds of his family either side of his 1330 execution and the name Mortimer has become a byword for treachery in medieval England. With little interest shown for the Mortimers in popular history they have slipped into obscurity and … More Sir Roger Mortimer of Wigmore (Part One) A guest post by David Pilling

Sir Thomas Mortimer; A Mortimer bastard & the case of a frère.

Whilst looking up some Mortimer related stuff online I stumbled across an argument about Sir Thomas Mortimer in a genealogy group. I didn’t comment but read the comments with interest. Whilst quite aware of Sir Thomas and the questions over his legitimacy I had been unaware of the argument of Nicholas Harris Nicolas in his … More Sir Thomas Mortimer; A Mortimer bastard & the case of a frère.

Sir Edmund Mortimer & the aftermath of the Battle of Bryn Glas 1402

In June 1402 26 year old Sir Edmund Mortimer was ordered by Henry IV to raise an army to meet a force led by Welsh rebel Owain Glyn Dwr. This Edmund duly did from his birthplace and Mortimer fortress of Ludlow Castle raising men from Herefordshire and Mortimer held Maelienydd before meeting Glyn Dwr in battle at … More Sir Edmund Mortimer & the aftermath of the Battle of Bryn Glas 1402

The King of Folly; The death of Roger Mortimer, 1st earl of March

 On a bitterly cold November morning in 1330, Roger Mortimer, the first earl of March was removed from his cell within the Tower of London and taken to his death at Tyburn. There was to be no beheading, instead he was to be hanged like a common criminal. Arguably the most famous son of the … More The King of Folly; The death of Roger Mortimer, 1st earl of March

Lionel of Antwerp

On November 29th 1338, Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England gave birth to her third son (1.) in Antwerp, modern day Belgium. When the king, Edward III, received the news of the birth he rewarded the messenger who brought him word with a hundred pounds. The prince was named Lionel, ‘Little Lion’ or ‘Young Lion’ … More Lionel of Antwerp