Category: Architecture/Locales

The Aroma of York–oh my

So…ever wonder what a ghost smells like? How about rotten eggs? You know, sulfur. Ah. So if you smell rotten eggs your home is either haunted or–at least in the States–you have a natural gas leak. Fire and brimstone (that’s often cited as the…

King Alfred’s or Edward the Elder’s Remains?

A pelvic bone found in the gardens of Hyde Abbey is the right age to belong to either King Alfred or Edward the Elder. It was found close to the location of the high altar, a spot reserved for important burials. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-25760383 Unfortunately, it…

Richard III’s Bones–To Be Buried In York Minster At Last?

According to the BBC:”Distant relatives of Richard III have been granted permission for a judicial review of the decision to rebury the king’s remains in Leicester. The Plantagenet Alliance launched a legal challenge to the decision made by the Ministry of Justice in May….

Medieval Trivia: Undergarments, Noxious Neighbors, and Nine More Skeletons

As I searched the past few days for alternatives to the undergarment on the proposed a cover for A Triple Knot [Emma’s novel about Joan of Kent’s early marriage(s)] I remembered a fascinating find from last summer that I’d hesitated to post at the…

14th Century Burial Beneath Pavings Behind Betty’s in St Helen’s Square, York

The skull of a man who had suffered a life-threatening wound that blinded him in early adulthood has been unearthed behind Betty’s Tearooms. Archaeologists from YAT have dated the remains to the late 14th century and have now closed the alleyway to excavate the…