A Royal Visit - 800 Years ago

painting of Medieval feast
Feasting with the barons

Not long after his seal had been affixed to the document now known as Magna Carta (June 1215), King John held a meeting with some of his barons in Oxford. Then he set off for the Royal Forest of Feckenham to enjoy a little hunting.

Ranulf de Blundeville, Earl of Chester

Accompanying him was one of the most powerful and richest barons in the land – Ranulf de Blundeville, Earl of Chester.  Ranulf was Lord of the Manor of Chipping Campden, which was on the route between Oxford and Feckenham; so on Saturday 25th July, the Holy Day of St James, the royal party arrived in Campden as his guests. It is probable that they would have attended a service at the church and celebrated the occasion.

See the story below for what might have happened:

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