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On this day in the year 1485 Henry Tudor (soon to be Henry VII) set sail from Harfleur (docking 6 days later) with a contingent of exiles and French mercenaries set to overthrow and defeat the Yorkist King Richard III .................. Richard's last stand came a couple of weeks later with his death at the Battle of Bosworth field on the 22nd August ......... supposedly killed by a blow to the head from the poleaxe of Welsh man-at-arms Rhys ap Thomas .......... the Tudors had arrived !

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Tony, you made me look it up :)


In some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere, August 1 is Lammas Day (loaf-mass day), the festival of the wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop. In many parts of England, tenants were bound to present freshly harvested wheat to their landlords on or before the first day of August. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, where it is referred to regularly, it is called "the feast of first fruits".


So you taught me something new - thank you!

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You're welcome Mary :) very important day in the past, sadly we lose a lot of these well known days that our ancestors were familiar with.


Obs - the Stanleys are always criticised for their 'turning' on Richard at Bosworth but they both had good reasons at the time, Thomas Boteler was also under the William Stanley banner at Bosworth .......... the actual site of the battle has always been a case for debate, as with a lot there are many theories .... of which of course cannot be discounted because nobody can prove otherwise. :(

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