Hello, dear readers! You will recognize my guest today, because she has been here before. One of my favorite book series is by the fabulous Toni Mount, and she is here to talk about the newest installment, The Colour of Bone. If you haven’t fallen in love with Seb Foxely yet, it’s time for you to start this series!
St Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate: Life and Death in Tudor London
Guest Post by Toni Mount
This blog evolved following a research trip to St Helen’s Church in Bishopsgate, checking out details and searching for inspiration for my next Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery, The Colour of Bone. St Helen’s and its near neighbour, St Andrew’s Undershaft – ‘undershaft’ refers to the maypole kept at this church in medieval and Tudor times ready for the annual May Day celebrations – having survived the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Blitz of World War II, were both badly damaged by terrorist bombings twice in the 1990s but remain as the two medieval churches in the city still in use today.
St Helen’s in particular has a wealth of history and is said to be second only to Westminster Abbey in the number of funerary monuments it contains. It is these monuments which have some intriguing stories to tell concerning those who lived – and died – in Bishopsgate in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
|View of St Helen’s Church with its gigantic neighbours,
taken from the ‘churchyard’ [GRM 2022]
|The tomb of Sir John and Agnes Crosby
in St Helen’s Church [GRM 2022]
|Sir John’s four new arches viewed from the Nun’s Choir [GRM 2022]
|Sir Thomas Gresham’s marble tomb in St Helen’s Church [GRM 2022]
|Sir William Pickering’s effigy lies secure behind railings [GRM 2022]
|Despite the Cavalier fashions, Capt Bond in his tent with the army (1643) [GRM 2022]
|Sir Julius Caesar Adelmare’s fulfilled agreement with God [GRM 2022]
|The Spencer Tomb [GRM 2022]
Toni Mount is a best-selling author of medieval non-fiction books. She is the creator of the Sebastian Foxley series of medieval murder mysteries and her work focuses on the ordinary lives of fascinating characters from history. She has a first class honours degree from the Open University and a Master degree by research from the University of Kent however her first career was as a scientist which brings an added dimension to her writing. Her detailed knowledge of the medieval period helps her create believable characters and realistic settings based on years of detailed study.