Today (1 October ) is the birthday of King Henry III of England.
|Here is a representation of Henry III on a coin of the period. |
The photograph was take by Kirk Dale.
Born at Winchester on the 1st of October 1207 he was son of the infamous King John and ruled from 1216 until 1272, the longest reigning English monarch for the next five hundred years: until bumped successively by King George III, Queen Victoria and recently by our own Queen Elizabeth II.
He is in this blog because he was a patron of artists, of gardeners, of architects and of artisans.
Yes he was a spendthrift, and it is true that he was rather a martinet when it came to his rights as King. He could also be something of a drama queen on occasions.
Avant-garde for his time, he was also an excellent interior designer, fashion designer and landscaper in his own right.
He was a faithful husband, a loving father, generous to a fault with all who came within his orbit; pious; approachable, kind hearted, extremely charitable; a gourmet of note, and a consummate showman when it came to public displays.
And what's more, I am proud to say that he is my ever-so-many-greats step uncle (one of my ancestors was the result of his mother's second marriage) so I wanted to invite him along.
Time unfortunately forbids me from writing anything further at this stage except to say that this evening AGA and I will raise a glass and salute this medieval monarch.
Happy Birthday King Henry III!
|This painting, on the so called Westminster Retable, was executed at Henry III's command. The image comes from wikimedia commons.|