21st November 2021

21st November 2021


My Ricardian songs continue to be the most popular ones that I have written so I felt that I ought to try to compose another one for my next album. I recalled that the Lancastrian Earl of Oxford had captured St Michael's Mount during the reign of Edward VI and so I wrote this song:-



The Siege of St. Michael's Mount 


After defeat at the battle of Barnet

John de Vere fled to France

He'd escaped via Scotland

With such sorry circumstance


He would still oppose King Edward

And gain support from the King of France

Who was a universal spider

Was this John de Vere's last chance


John de Vere the Earl of Oxford

Then turned to piracy

A privateer in the summer

In the channel's narrow sea


At the end of September

He sailed to the Cornish coast

St Michael's Mount he took by force

Of it's capture he could boast


An embarrassment for King Edward

Though not a threat so he believed

The King's man in Cornwall

Was placed in charge of the siege


John de Vere offered bribes

So that supplies could be received

The King's man was corrupt

Of this King Edward was displeased


John Fortescue the chief justice

Was dispatched to gain a victory

Along with him he would bring

The master of the royal artillery


Free pardons and rewards were offered

To the men under John de Vere's command

One byone his men deserted

John Fortescue gained the upper hand


John de Vere then surrendered

There was no prospect of success

For many years he was in prison

For his Lancastrian faithfulness

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