January, 2014

Haunted: Harrenhal & Shakespeare’s Bloody Pomfret

What do Shakespeare and George RR Martin have in common? Apart from seeking inspiration from history, both writers may have immortalized Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire, England. George RR Martin may have found inspiration in the dark legend of Pontefract when he created “grim, unlucky” “cursed” Harrenhal. Pontefract Castle has been engulfed in so much ill luck, death, torture and destruction that, in its time, contemporaries feared it. To add to its cursed reputation, Pontefract’s first owner built it on a Anglo-Saxon…

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From Downton Abbey to Game of Thrones: Service and Death of the Great Household

Ned Stark, Robb Stark, and other lords are almost never without their men. Men such as Ser Illyn Payne and Jory Cassel, the captain of Ned’s household guard at Winterfell, served kings and nobles and lived in their households. Jory Cassel and other men in Ned’s retinue accompany Ned everywhere. Ned’s retinue is with him when he executes Will the deserter from the Night’s Watch. Jory is with Ned when the Starks find the direwolf puppies. Jory is also with…

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Towton Gets a Reprieve

A warm thank you to everyone who shared, tweeted, emailed, wrote to the Selby District council, called them, attended the meeting, and objected to the petition to establish a permanent pitch on the soon-to-be-protected edge of the Towton battlefield. Your efforts to publicize this issue helped save a valuable part of the world’s history. As of tonight, 229 people voiced their opinions, mainly objections, on the Selby District Council page. As a result, yesterday the Selby Council voted to reject…

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Your Help is Needed Urgently: Protect Edward’s IV’s Bloodiest Battlefield!

If you’re a Wars of the Roses enthusiast, even if you hate military history, please help protect the Towton battlefield – site of the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. Towton, the key victory that brought Edward IV to the throne, left roughly 20,000 to 50,000 men dead on a snowy, blood-soaked battlefield on Palm Sunday 1461. On January 8th, only four days from now, the Selby District Council is voting on whether or not to allow the construction…

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