Thursday, 19 May 2016

May 19th anniversaries

Today marks the anniversary Piers Gaveston surrendered to Amyer de Valance, Earl of Pembroke, after a short siege at Scarborough Castle.  The castle was probably not prepared for a long siege and Piers surrendered on very good terms.   He would accompany Pembroke to York where some sort of 'deal' would be done.  Edward II was at York and if no deal could be reached, Piers would be returned to Scarborough Castle and no doubt be prepared for a long siege.  As we know, things turned out differently.  

Today also marks the execution of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London in 1536.

Not a great day for this history fan!

4 comments:

Kathryn Warner said...

Really not a good day :( Poor Piers, just a month more to live. I'm glad that neither he nor Edward could have known that.

Anerje said...

Yes Kathryn, I'm sure both thought it was a case of 'here we go again'. I'm sure they were certain they would resolve it.

Kasia Ogrodnik said...

Sad anniversaries indeed. Although I am pretty sure that back in 1536 Henry VIII celebrated :(

Anerje said...

He certainly did Kasia - planning his wedding to Jane Seymour. To think she was so eager to step into a dead woman's shoes. I've never bought into her 'meek' image.