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Edward & Eleanor, Lincoln Cathedral

Eleanor of Castile was married at the age of ten to Edward of Westminster in October 1254 when he was just 15 years old. It was a marriage of convenience to suit Alphonso of Castile -Eleanor's brother, and Henry III of England -Edward's father, who were at war with one another.


Despite the original political intentions of their marriage, it is understood they were very much in Love. It is said that Edward and Eleanor were inseparable and she went on the crusades with him in 1270. When they returned and the King, Henry III died they were both crowned in Westminster Abbey on the 19th of August 1274.


In 1290 news reached Edward that Queen Margaret of Scotland, commonly known as The Maid of Norway, had died. He immediately hastened Northwards leaving Eleanor to follow at a more leisurely pace as she had just given birth to her 15th child (who did not survive).


On her arrival at Harby in Nottinghamshire about 8 miles from Lincoln she was taken ill with a fever. Eleanor did not improve and so the King was sent for but she died on the 24th of November 1290 before he arrived.


Her body was immediately carried to St Catherine's Priory in the south of Lincoln where she was embalmed. Her viscera was sent for burial in Lincoln Cathedral and her body was sent to London for burial in Westminster Abbey where she lies at the feet of her father in law King Henry III. Her heart which travelled with the body was buried in Blackfriars Church.


From St Catherine's at the bottom of "Cross o Cliff Hill in Lincoln the cortege took 12 days to get to London and between 1291 and 1294 for each place where the procession rested overnight an Eleanor's Cross was erected. The only remaining piece of the St Catherine's cross left in Lincoln is kept in Lincoln Castle.

  • Paul Ashton PRO 9y

    Interesting history lesson! Tragic story but it's good to know that some arranged marriages work! The photo works too!
  • Brian PRO 9y

    Thanks Tom & Paul, viewing and comments appreciated.

    Tom, I think it was something that only happened only for those of high status.

    Paul, was not sure about the composition, I feel it is too tall but to crop the top loses the detail of the little roofs over the statues.
  • ThePres 9y

    Beautiful image! You are fortunate to live around visual displays of such far reaching history!
  • mike nl 9y

    lovely gothic sculptures... but the narration is simply enthralling!
    1-2-3 history
  • Brian PRO 9y

    Thanks for viewing, John, and for the kind comments - appreciated. Having been born here, perhaps in the past, I have not fully appreciated the history around me - it's something that comes with age.
  • Turquoise Bleue 9y

    très anciennes sculptures.... on dirait de la molasse (pierre de sable...)
  • Brian PRO 9y

    Merci de jeter un coup d'oeil, Torquoise Blueu. La pierre est Lincolnshire limstone extrait seulement quelques milles de la cathédrale.
  • casbahdude 9y

    Magnificent photo of statues of 2 of the greatest monarchs who ever lived.
  • Brian PRO 9y

    Thank you, casbahdude, viewing and comments greatly appreciated.
  • chico945 8y

    Please post to elegance in art, graphics and design. Thanks!
  • phillipbonsai PRO 7y

    This is a great set which takes me straight back to my childhood in Lincoln. from Lincoln School we used to have the morning service on the first Monday of each term in the Cathedral - what a setting.

    The background text adds so much detail, as it happens I now live three quarters of a mile from Waltham Cross the last Eleanor Cross before the final Charing Cross and, I believe, one of the few originals remaining.
  • Brian PRO 7y

    Thanks for stopping by Phillip and for leaving a comment, appreciated. So long ago I had almost forgotten that fact but now the memories come back vividly. Yes, there are very little remaining of the original crosses now.
  • Izakigur PRO 7y

    Please consider adding this picture to :

    An Awesome Detail!! ;
  • Brian PRO 7y

    Thanks for stopping by izakigur, for fave and invite, appreciated.
  • Werner Böhm PRO 7y

    nice detail
  • Brian PRO 7y

    Thanks Werner, viewing and comments appreciated.
  • fotos de manuela PRO 6y

    Beautiful image. Interesting shot
  • Brian PRO 6y

    Thanks for stopping by and for your comments Manuela, appreciated.
  • ironrachey 3y

    Interesting story and good to know what inspired the statue and also the names of some well-known places. Looking into this as my new daughter is called Eleanor and nice to know there is a link to the name and Lincoln as it is where she was born and where we live. Will have to find the statues and tomb in the cathedral soon.
  • Brian PRO 3y

    Thanks for stopping by and commending ironrachey, appreciated. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter.
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