[MR] BBC: Henry V's Secret Chapel Opens

Garth Groff via Atlantia atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org
Fri Oct 23 02:12:50 PDT 2015

Noble Friends,

Today the BBC reports that Henry V's chapel Westminster Abbey will be 
open to the public for the first time in years: 
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-34307236 . The chapel is 
actually a "chantry", where masses and prayers were said for the repose 
of the king's soul. Only a limited number of guests will be allowed to 
tour the chantry, so enjoy the photos of this rarely-visited place.

The chantry is also where the mysterious "Westminster arrow" was found 
in the 1800s, a nearly complete 15th century war arrow which was 
discovered in the ceiling (the arrow isn't mentioned as part of the 
tour). Until the recovery of artifacts from the Mary Rose shipwreck, 
this was the most complete example of a middle-ages arrow known to 
survive (another was recently found in a barn). Here is a partial view 
of the Westminster arrow: 

In other Henry V news, the History Blog reports that the ceremonial 
scepter which Henry gave to the City of London for support of his French 
wars will also be on display at the Guildhall: 
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/38811 .

Wow! Cool stuff!

Yours Aye,

Lord Mungo Napier, That Crazy Scot

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