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PostSubject: Haley's Comet   Haley's Comet Icon_minitimeFri May 23, 2008 10:26 pm

Roger Mortimer married Jeanne de Geneville on September 30, 1301, the eve of the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle. The groom was 14, and the bride was 15. Ian Mortimer, in his biography The Greatest Traitor, notes that a comet appeared the night after the wedding, and was visible for a week. This would appear to be a cited appearance of Haley's Comet, which did indeed appear in 1301 on it's 75-year-cycle around the earth. That year Italian painter Giotto di Bondone included the comet in the place of the Star of Bethlehem in a painting of the Nativity. Scroll down on this article to see an image of this painting featuring Haley's Comet as Roger would've seen it.

Here are the years that Haley's Comet would've appearedv during the medieval era:

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PostSubject: Re: Haley's Comet   Haley's Comet Icon_minitimeSun Jun 08, 2008 11:35 am

That's really interesting! I'd forgotten the bit about the comet in Ian Mortimer's bio.

"Sans lui n'estoit rien fait, et par lui estoit tous fait, et le creoit li rois plus que tout le monde." Without him nothing is done and through him everything is done, and the king trusts him more than any other: Hugh Despenser the Younger and Edward II
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PostSubject: Re: Haley's Comet   Haley's Comet Icon_minitimeFri Nov 07, 2008 2:35 pm

This is really interesting - I read about this in Mortimer's book. I suppose looking back they would have viewed it as a portent. It also appeared shortly before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 so I guess it was pretty inauspicious to be married when it appeared.
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