The Historical Pageant Of Chester – Episode IV & V

Episode IV

The Chester Pageant – July 18th to 23rd 1910

Archbishop Baldwin preaches the Crusade at Chester, AD 1189.

Maundy Thursday, the 14th April, 1189, was a stirring day ill Chester. Archbishop Baldwin had traversed Wales on behalf of the Third Crusade, in which the unfortunate Richard, the Lion-Heart, took part. His Grace arrived at Chester from Basingwerk Abbey, near Holywell, at the head of a stately procession. With crucifix borne aloft and banner flying, marched the vast concourse of Welsh, who, fired by the Archbishop’s eloquence, had flocked to his standard. At the High Cross, Baldwin appealed to Chester on behalf of the desecrated Jerusalem, and the appeal was surely not in vain.

We can imagine the dramatic scene which this episode will present, as, animated by the prospect of adventure or moved by the glamour of war or impelled by Christian indignation against the unbeliever, the crowd of townsmen press forward to take the Crusader’s vow, listening eagerly to the friends who encourage, but disregarding the entreaty of wife or sister or sweetheart, whose forebodings, alas, were many times too true.

Episode V

The Chester Pageant – July 18th to 23rd 1910

Prince Edward, First Royal Rare of Chester, and Princess Eleanor visit Chester, AD 1256.

Pageant week will be the actual anniversary of the first visit ot Prince Edward to Chester. He was then a stalwart youth of 17, and recently had been appointed to the earldom by his father, Henry III.

The Prince, accompanied by his beloved Princess, Eleanor of Castile, was received at the Eastgate with great enthusiasm by the loyal citizens. He remained in the City three days, and received the homage and fealty of the Lords in his Earldom and of Llewellyn ap Gryffydd and other chieftains of North Wales. At the close of the ceremony, he set out on a tour of his domains and castles in Flintshire and the middle county (Perveddwlad) of North Wales.


About the_joe_smoe

I started collecting Chester History in 2004 when my father got diagnosed with the terrible illness Alzheimers, i initially started to do family history to try and capture any memories he could recall (i got back to 1610 my wife side of the family & 1724 my side based on his initial recollections), to preserve them for my families future generations, when doing this i found his mind became very active talking about the past. Observing this i started to show old pictures of Chester, and the result was fantastic, he could recall many past scenarios , events, places etc. From this i started to collect all i could about Chester (no expense spared), with the view to try to keep his mind active, i have many pictures, postcards, books, adverts, etc which i would like to share, giving credit to the original authors where possible.
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