The Battle of Blore Heath was one of the first battles of the Wars of the Roses and fought on 23 September 1459 at Blore Heath, an area near the town of Market Drayton, Staffordshire. Queen Margaret of Anjou had ordered Audley to intercept Salisbury's force who was to join the main Yorkist force at Ludlow Castle. Audley had chosen the location and set up an ambush. His large force was about double the size of Salisbury’s but when Salisbury realized he was outnumbered he feinted to prepare for retreat, Audley took the bait and send his cavalry out to give chase. A storm of arrows fell upon the royalists force, eventually leading to brutal hand-to-hand fighting. Audley too fought in the thick of the battle along with his men but was sought out by Sir Roger Kynaston of Hordley and was hacked down and killed.
On this painting, as always made by the amazing Dmitry Yakhovsky, James Touchet, Lord Audley's men (fighting for Lancaster) face the fact of defeat by the Yorkist Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury and his two sons Thomas, Lord Fauconberg and John, Marquess of Montagu. On this painting we see Audley's standard on the bottom right, Salisbury's on the left and in the middle Sir Roger Kynaston's.
Today, 20 September, marks the day of the death of Anne Neville Duchess of Buckingham in 1480, at the age of 70. She was a daughter to Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland and his second wife Joan Beaufort. She was, among many, a sister to Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (and so an aunt to King Edward IV and Richard III) Anne married twice, first to Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham (who died in 1460 at the Battle of Northampton) with whom she had at least 10 children. Anne and Humphrey's eldest son, another Humphrey predeceased his father and died of the plague in 1458, leaving young Henry Stafford heir to his grandfather's Dukedom and succeeded him as 2nd Duke of Buckingham. Anne's second husband was Walter Blount, Lord Mountjoy, with whom she had no children. Anne was buried in Pleshy, Essex.
Read HERE the interview I had with author Nathen Amin and his recently published book The House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown.
EXCITING NEWS! Today and tomorrow we host a GIVEAWAY for a limited edition numbered print of this beautiful portrait of Isabel Neville, Duchess of Clarence (1451-1476) by Dmitry Yakhovsky. To join this giveaway you should COMMENT on the Facebook post and like Dmitry Yakhovsky's Facebook page before the 5th of September midnight (GMT+1) GOOD LUCK!
3 September 1513, death of Gerald FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare, at the age of about 57. Gerald was also known as "Garret the Great" or "The Great Earl". Gerald was Ireland's premier peer and he served as Lord Deputy of Ireland from 1477 to 1494, and from 1496 onward. Gerald married as his first wife, Alison FitzEustace with whom he had five children. In 1477 he was appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland but was soon replaced by Henry Grey, 4th Baron of Codnor because it was thought an Englishman was better fit for the job. However, Edward IV was forced to re-appoint him. Gerald managed to keep his position after the House of York fell but committed treason against Henry VII on several occasions, including when supporting the pretender Lambert Simnel. Simnel's attempt to seize the throne failed and many of his supporters were killed at the Battle of Stoke field in 1487, Gerald’s brother Thomas being one of them. Thomas is claimed to have taken the lead in rallying support for Simnel in Ireland but definitely could not have been able to do so without consent of his brother Gerald. In 1494 he was send to the Tower, during which his wife Alison died. Gerald was tried in 1496 but was able to convince the King the bad intentions of the current ruling factions in Ireland. Henry realized he needed Gerald, pardoned him and promptly re-appointed him as Lord Deputy of Ireland. From then Gerald remained faithful and Henry VII allowed him to marry a second cousin of him as his second wife, Elizabeth St. John, with whom Gerald had another 5 children. While on an expedition in Kilkea in 1513, Gerald was mortally wounded said while watering his horse. He was taken back to Kildare where he died.
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