The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham by Tony Riches
I spent two years researching the tumultuous life of Lady Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester.
There are many accounts which sensationalise the events of her imprisonment and state important details incorrectly, most notably that Eleanor died at Peel Castle. It is well documented that her final two years were spent in peace and prayer at Beaumaris.
My wife and I spent a weekend on the Welsh Island of Anglesey exploring Beaumaris Castle. We were amazed to find that Eleanor’s chapel has been restored, so it is possible to have a sense of how it might have been in her time. We also visited the adjacent church of St Mary and St Nicholas. Inside lie the impressive medieval tombs of Lady Ellen and her husband, Eleanor’s jailer, Sir William Bulkeley. We found no sign of Eleanor’s grave, although she will never be forgotten.
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