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The man with two faces or just
- Hello. The year is 1465. My name is Sir John
Norreys (pronounced Norriss).
- I was an important man at the
court of good King Henry VI.
- I was the Keeper of his Wardrobe.
This was a very important job.
- It means I was in charge of all
his personal spending money, including for his clothes. Do you like my
- The minstrels used to sing songs
about me. They called me the Royal 'conduit'. This means that if you
wanted to see the King, you had to ask me first.
- My wife was a Lady
of the Garter.
- Sadly, England has been torn
apart by civil war over the last ten years. Some people call it the War
of the Roses. I was on the losing
- King Henry's cousin, the Duke of
York, has made himself King Edward IV. Poor King Henry has had to flee
- Luckily I changed sides and the new king has been
good to me. I am still an esquire at court, but I've had to change
my collar to a Yorkist one (hover over my picture).
- I've nearly finished building
myself a fine new hall house at
Bray in Berkshire. It's called Ockholt
(some people call it Ockwells).
- It's got all the mod cons,
including window glass.
- I splashed out on stained glass
in the great hall There are lovely pictures of the coats of arms of all my
- Unfortunately, they were all on
King Henry's side in the War. Many of the them were great soldiers who
are now dead. How was I to know we would lose? I hope King Edward
doesn't come to visit!
- He could always come to my
castle at Yattendon instead.