Ewelme’s Angels are going to the armories

ST MARY’S, Ewelme is proud to be lending two carved oak angels from the tomb of Alice de la Pole, Duchess of Suffolk to an exhibition marking the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt to take place at the Royal Armories in the Tower of London from 23 October 2015 – 31 January 2016.

Alice, who was the grand-daughter of Geoffrey Chaucer, is preserved in Ewelme Church. Her first husband, Sir John Phelip, a close companion of Henry V, lost his life on 2 October 1415, after contracting dysentery at the siege of Harfleur during the Agincourt campaign.  The Angels will be part of the section on Agincourt War Widows, which traces the hardship of women who lost husbands during the battle and the campaign which began when Henry set sail from Southampton in August 1415.

To mark the event here the church is holding two events on Saturday 24 October, the Eve of St. Crispin, exactly 600 years before the battle began.  Dr Rowena Archer, Lecturer in Medieval History at Christ Church (since 2004) and Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford (since 2010) will give a Lecture – Widows of the Battle of Agincourt Followed by a tour of the church, chapel and cloisters founded by Alice de la Pole. This will take place at 3pm and will include afternoon tea.  At 6pm the Amici Voices will perform music from the time of Agincourt. For more details contact the Revd Jonathan Meyer on Revdjonathan@btinternet.com or 01491 837823.

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