Three Shires Medieval Society  
medieval society  

About Us
The city of Derby is home to a fair variety of historical societies - Viking, Civil War, Jacobite and so on - but not, until recently, to a medieval one. The founder members of the Three Shires, Derek Loyley (Chairman), Betty Loyley (Secretary) and Rob Hunt, all belonged to medieval groups based elsewhere and decided, as Derby residents, to start a medieval society of their own in the city of Derby in 1996.

The Middle Ages....
The society name grew from the fact that Derby is close to the borders of three counties ( Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire) or 'shires' as they were known in medieval times. It also allows the society to range over the whole of the medieval period if it so wishes.
The Middle Ages covers approximately 400 years from the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the reign of the first Tudor king, Henry VII which began after he seized the throne following the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. This is a vast canvas to cover, and so it was decided, as a first venture, to concentrate on the first half of the 15th Century. This covers the reigns of Henry IV and Henry V, and includes the Battle of Agincourt and the Wars of the Roses, which is the period most people know something about. The society uses actual historical figures in its shows including Owen Glendower, Henry 'Hotspur' Percy and, more recently, Kathrine Swynford, as this period has its share of flamboyant people and events, being a time of upheaval and change. This was due to the fact that Henry IV usurped his cousin Richard It's throne and spent most of his short reign quelling a series of rebellions.



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