On Wednesday, February 24, Doctor Jonathan Foyle gave a presentation on the Roots of the Tudor Rose: The lost identity of a National Identity. Deploying various sources from architecture, portraiture, stained glass, Dr Foyle demolished the strongly held view in all text books, that the Tudor rose was invented 500 years ago on the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, in 1486. He struggled to identify a ‘paper trail’ to confirm this theory. The heraldic device it was argued was rooted in the political alliance between the house of Lancaster and York however Henry VII did not adopt this particular device but variations of a rose. Where, therefore was the source of this device? And Dr Foyle identified two separate roses; the red and the white rose in religious symbolism for our lady Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The Red rose symbolised ‘ charity, whilst the white rose symbolised ‘virginity and purity’ and this was well supported in religious iconography.
The next Sunderland lecture is on Thursday, August 25, when Lesley Smith, curator of Tutbury Castle comes in costume as Katherine Swynford. On Saturday, June 11, the friends are holding a birthday party to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday at which, Richard Quirk, a recently retired Yeoman of the Guard to HM, will give a talk entitled, ‘In the Service of the Queen’ which will be followed by a buffet. Tickets £12.50 each are available from the old hall from March 5. Visit www.gainsborougholdhall.co.uk