My association with the town of Tewksbury is long, and I like to think deep. Many, many years ago I remember attending an event in which several dignitaries from the town of Tewkesbury, England were the featured guest. Honestly, I was there for political reasons, more than historical.
At that time I learned that Tewksbury, Massachusetts and Tewkesbury, England kept connected through a local committee called the twinning committee. I remember being less than impressed with the American and English association and I continued to think that way until last week.
Last week, I watched the BBC Series The White Queen, which centers around the English King Edward IV and several women who jockey for power around him. What does this have to do with our town of Tewksbury you are probably asking? Well the series The White Queen reveals the prominent role the town of Tewkesbury, England had in the War of the Roses.
It was in Tewkesbury that Edward IV finally defeated Richard Neville and regained the crown, a battle many consider to be the most important of the War of the Roses; it is in Tewkesbury Abbey that Edward IV’s brother George is buried along with his wife Isabel; and Henry VI’s son Edward, Prince of Wales is also buried in Tewkesbury (Henry VI is the king Edward IV replaces “twice”…it’s a long story).