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RETURN TO PLANTAGENET KINGS

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TOMBS OF THE PLANTAGENET KINGS

Fontevrault tomb is a photograph of a television monitor display
Tomb replicas photographed at V & A Museum 15 April 2005

KING HENRY II

King Henry II and Queen Eleanor were both entombed at Fontevrault Abbey.

 
 

      
Queen Eleanor and King Henry II

Plaster casts of the tombs were taken in the mid-19th century, and these replicas are on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

 

 

King Henry II replica

close-up

 

Queen Eleanor replica

 

close-up

KING JOHN

King John was entombed at Worcester Abbey, whilst Queen Isabel was entombed at Fontevrault Abbey. Plaster casts were taken in the mid-19th century, and replicas of the tombs are on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

 

 

King John close-up

Queen Isabel replica

close-up

ORIGINAL TOMB AT WORCESTER CATHEDRAL

Photographed 15 August 2008

King John's tomb is at Worcester. In 1529 the lid of the original c.1240 coffin `was placed on top of a new tomb which was more elaborate. His skeleton is still inside the modern tomb

 

  Modern tomb with original
 lid
Close-up of head
 

KING HENRY III

King Henry III was entombed at Westminster Abbey. A plaster cast was taken in the mid-19th century, and a replica of the tomb is on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. According to Gough (1796), the inscription on the tomb reads:

ICI: GIST: HENRI. IADIS: REY: DE: ANGLETERRE: SEYGNVR: DE: HIRLAVNDE: E: DVC: DE: AQVITAYGNE: LE: FIZ: LI: REY: IOHTAN: IADIS: REY: DE: ANGLETERE: A: K: DEU: FACE: MERCI: AMEN

 

King Henry III replica

close-up

 

Queen Eleanor was buried at Amesbury Abbey, though her heart was buried in the Church of Friars Preachers, London.

KING EDWARD I

Queen Eleanor, who died first, was entombed at Westminster Abbey. A plaster cast was taken in the mid-19th century, and a replica of the tomb is on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. There is also a visceral tomb at Lincoln Cathedral, whilst her heart was placed in the Church of Friars Preachers, London.

 

Queen Eleanor replica

close-up

 

King Edward I was entombed at Westminster Abbey. He was placed in a plain coffin of Purbeck "marble" (which is actually limestone), encased within a plain sarcophagus. On the side of sarcophagus was an inscription:

EDWARDUS PRIMUS SCOTORUM MALLEUS HIC EST PACTUM SERVA 1308

[Here is the Hammer of the Scots]

In 1774 the tomb of King Edward I was opened by a circle of antiquarians. It held a recumbent figure, measuring 6 ft. 2in. in length, clean-shaven and wearing a delicate crown. He was dressed in the purple cloth of a Roman emperor, a jewelled clasp at his right shoulder. Placed in his right hand was the sceptre, crowned with the crucifix; on his left was the rod of virtue, topped by a little dove.