Saturday, 28 March 2015

Henry I and the Lost Yorkist Princess

Philippa Langley has announced that she is now involved in the search for King Henry I on the site of Reading Abbey.

Reading Abbey was of course destroyed during the reign of that much-loved king, Henry VIII. A few ruins remain and the site is partly built over.

It is less well know that very close to the grave of Henry I is that of a Yorkist princess, indeed the very first Yorkist princess, Constance, daughter of Edmund of Langley and great-grandmother of Queen Anne Neville.

Constance should be easy to identify, as it is recorded that she is buried with her little great-granddaughter, Anne Beauchamp.

It is my hope that Constance of York and Anne Beauchamp will be discovered, and reburied in consecrated ground.