|You are not permitted to photograph in|
the Tudor section of the National Portrait Gallery
so I went to the computer lounge at NPG to take this photo
Some historians argue that the War of the Roses between the Houses of York ( White Rose) and Lancaster (Red Rose) had little impact on much of England. For example it barely affected East Anglia.
The ancient and most active trade route was to the Low Countries , our nearest neighbours and commercial hub of Europe. Less active but with considerable potential led by English merchants were Brittany and Normandy. Despite times of war and piracy trade never completely ceased. The ports of Chichester, Plymouth and Fowey were busy.
The war concluded with the Treaty of Utrecht in 1474 which confirmed the Hansa privileges and granted the League ownership of the London Steelyard, as well as the trading bases in Boston and Lynn.
Still the largest commodity by volume by 1446 was a declining export due to the rise of our own manufacturing base. Wool reduced by a third yet export of our broadcloth increased ninefold.
|Talking of windows , I love the creative opportunism |
of this shop window of a store in Leicester this week
The Selling skills of Immigrants in history