IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 224: Reality, Real People, and Propaganda: The Miracles of Henry VI

Monday 9 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Richard III Society
Organiser:Lesley Boatwright
Moderator/Chair:Peter Hammond, Richard III Society & Yorkist History Trust, London
Paper 224-aMaking the Most of Miracles: Political Propaganda and the Tomb of Henry VI
(Language: English)
Lesley Boatwright
Index terms: Lay Piety, Medicine, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 224-bNew Light on a Medieval Mugging: The Horrible Case of Dr William Edwards, 1488
(Language: English)
Christopher Whittick, East Sussex Record Office
Index terms: Law, Lay Piety
Paper 224-cMiracles in Everyday Life: The Ordinary and the Miraculous
(Language: English)
Heather Falvey, Richard III Society, Rickmansworth
Index terms: Daily Life, Lay Piety, Social History

Miracles were attributed to Henry VI soon after his death. The English had a long tradition of calling for help from dead leaders of the opposition, and the gentle, pious Henry was a natural candidate. How did Richard III deal with this Lancastrian cult? Who were the people who prayed to Henry for a miracle? Some of them, and sometimes their miracles, appear in the public records. Their stories occasionally involve national events, but more often illustrate the lives of ordinary people. The Richard III Society hopes to publish a translation of these miracles, most of which have not yet appeared in English.