The 10 July is the anniversary of the Battle of Northampton. To mark the event, there will be a re-enactment weekend at Delepre Abbey this weekend (3rd and 4th) that will include Jousting on horseback with full armour A Gunpowder demonstration Static living history displays of a soldiers encampment A re-enacted segment of the Battle of Northampton Large-Canon Demonstration Period Music Guided battlefield walks see www.delapreabbey.org/event.asp?newsid=133/ Then on the 10th, the actual anniversary, there will be a Conference on the Battle itself at Northampton Central Museum with a number of prominent speakers, including Matthew Bennet and Glen Foard. This is being organised by the Battlefields Trust. For more details see www.battlefieldstrust.com/event.a....10+13%3A51%3A44
For anyone interested in the Wars of the Roses or local history, these are must see events!
Ah, the battle of Northampton ! For those of us in (or from) Bedfordshire, this has an even more local connection. Lord Grey of Ruthyn led the Lancastrian vanguard at Northampton, but when the battle started his men turned their coats and helped the troops of the Earl of March (the future Yorkist King Edward IV) over the ramparts. When Edward came to power Lord Grey was elevated to the Earldom of Kent (1463) and given the estate of Wrest Park in Silsoe (between Bedford and Luton on the A6). Rather sensibly, Grey played no more part in the Wars of the Roses and sat at Silsoe building a nice fortune and a long-lived de Grey dynasty. Wrest Park is well worth a look round, BTW.
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