It was that power that was to prove Despenser
's undoing at 40 years old.
While the Despenser
reredos is deprived of its proper liturgical context, it can be examined more closely than would ever be possible in the cathedral.
The Hugh Lord Despenser
tomb, the Founders Chapel and the Trinity Chapel are arranged between the Gothic arches of the chancel at Tewkesbury Abbey, with the effigies and altars orientated to the high altar, as a necklace of chapels.
After 1322 his own interests became so totally associated with those of the Despensers
that the only way to get rid of them was to get rid of him.
The list of villains was: Mosley, Jack the Ripper, Cumberland, Titus Oates, Sir Richard Rich, Thomas Arundel, Hugh Despenser
, King John, Thomas Becket and Eadric Streona
was dominant at court in the last years of Edward II's reign, using his position to amass a vast empire in South Wales.
Haines has made a point of consistently going back to the chronicle and other primary evidence, allowing him to offer his own interpretations of events, a practice which has benefited his treatment of the Despenser
regime, where the secondary material is not as consistently reliable as that for the period up to 1322.
History records that Edward was the lover of a Gascon knight, Piers Gaveston, and also of an Anglo-Norman one, Hugh le Despenser
Donat's, had been associates of the Despensers
, whose power-base was also in Glamorgan - Sir Hugh le Despenser
's still-extant charter to Margam Abbey bears the signature of Sir Edward Stradling, and since the Stradling family were all renowned antiquaries, the connection is unlikely to have been lost on them,(46) especially since the play has a heavily Welsh emphasis, with Rice ap Howell, the Welsh hooks, and the scene in Neath Abbey (of which the Stradling library possessed a history).(47) And other members of Ford's circle would have found their family histories reflected in Marlowe's play: the Earl of Pembroke would have heard how his ancestor was given the right "in public shows/ .
The issues are the familiar ones of confession, the Eucharist, predestination, the Bible, preaching, human laws, the Church, papacy, prelacy, priesthood, religious orders, secular authority, pilgrimage, images, saints, indulgences, the Despenser
crusade, and persecution, set against a backdrop of the Great Schism and the machinations of Antichrist, as the source of the disordered times.
Born in 1261, the son of Hugh le Despenser
, the justiciar (d.
|Riverside Festival is on Saturday, August 17, from noon until 4.30pm in Despenser
Gardens, Riverside, Cardiff.