Received from USA as part of the Postcrossing April postcard diary RR – “Soot sprites and tea” a lovely card of one of Studio Ghibli’s cutest creations 🙂
Sent for diary week 2, and continuing the Studio Ghibli theme- Howls Moving Castle
Received from a postcard pal in Russia and very suitable for spring – “Pasque flowers in the Kurai Steppe”, it looks like a beautiful area.
Sent in reply – Battlefield church, Shrewsbury – bought when I visited home for Easter.
Received from a postcard pal in Turkey – a lovely illustrated view of Istanbul
Sent in reply – an historic style map of Shropshire
Received from a postcard pal in Taiwan – an illustration of a traditional Taiwanese window
Sent in reply – Archbishop Richard Scrope as a Saint in the Book of Hours, bought in York Minster.
And now for the historical links between random cards… The battle of Shrewsbury took place in 1403 between Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy who felt the King hadn’t fulfilled his promises, and King Henry IV (and if you don’t know the result, Hotspur got an arrow in the face and King Henry was still King. Percy thought the Welsh might help but they were busy fighting somewhere else… It was also the first battle that pitched English longbow men against each other).
So the church is at the site of the battle in 1403 (sent card 2) which is in Shrewsbury, Shropshire (sent card 3), and Archbishop Scrope (sent card 4) was free to become a Saint because he also rebelled against Henry IV and lost, and was executed in 1405. Gory English history about to travel the globe!