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Mer De Mort

by The Legendary Ten Seconds

English folk rock with a psychedelic and medieval influence
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Mortimer Overture
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3. The Marcher Lords
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4. When Christ and His Saints Slept
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5. De Montfort
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6. The Round Table 1279
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7. Two Thousand Marks
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8. The Privy Seal and the Royal Shield
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9. The King of Folly
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10. The Tragedy of Roger Mortimer and the Mystery of Edward II
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11. Leintwardine
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12. Mer De Mort Part One
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13. Mer De Mort Part Two
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14. Henry VI
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15. Sunnes of York
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

A MORTIMER CONCEPT ALBUM BY THE LEGENDARY TEN SECONDS FOR THE MORTIMER HISTORY SOCIETY 2018

Introduction written by Philip Hume,

The origins of the powerful Mortimer family of Wigmore were in Normandy. They took their name from the castle of Mortemer-sur-eaulne…a castle that they held for only a few years.

Coming to England in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest of 1066, Ralph Mortimer was rewarded with manors across the whole of England. The most important was the castle at Wigmore in north Herefordshire, on the borders with Wales, which became their principal seat and remained the core of their dominions for 350 years.

In the centuries after the Norman Conquest, the Mortimer family grew first to dominate the Welsh Marches, then the whole country. Indeed, one historian has noted that ‘for the Mortimers to have survived for over three centuries as Marcher Lords was a political and biological feat.’ Increasingly, they became one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the country, and were key players in national events:

Hugh Mortimer led the royal forces in the Welsh Marches during the Anarchy and civil wars of the 12th century; living to a very old age, he founded Wigmore Abbey;

During the Barons’ War of the mid-13th century, Roger Mortimer, lord of Wigmore, helped the heir to the throne to escape captivity; he killed Simon de Montfort, the leader of the Barons’ cause, at the battle of Evesham, sending to his wife at Wigmore a trophy of Simon’s severed head;

His grandson, another Roger Mortimer, ruled the country for nearly four years, having forced the King to abdicate. He became an earl, with the title Earl of March, but ended up on the scaffold;

In turn his grandson, yet another Roger Mortimer, re-established the fortunes of the family so successfully that he was able to marry his son into the royal family, with the following generations entering the line of succession to the throne.

In the early years of the Lancastrian monarchy, there were repeated rebellions in the name of Mortimer claiming that they were the rightful kings.

Finally, in 1425, with the death of the childless Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March, the vast Mortimer inheritance of estates and titles across England, Wales and Ireland, together with a claim to the throne passed to Edmund’s nephew, Richard, Duke of York.

Thirty-five years later, the Mortimer inheritance was the key that unlocked the crown for the house of York. From their Mortimer descent, Richard Duke of York and his eldest son Edward, claimed that they had a better right to the throne than the Lancastrian kings. Equally importantly, it was also the Mortimer land and wealth that provided the resources to win the throne.

Although the death of another Mortimer grandson, King Richard III, at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 ended the line of the Yorkist kings, it was not the end of the Mortimer/York lineage. The new Tudor king, Henry VII, married king Edward IV’s eldest daughter, who, of course, was a great-granddaughter of the Mortimers. Thus, all subsequent monarchs are descended from the Mortimers.

The songs on this album highlight some of the dramatic events in the lives of the Mortimers, Lords of Wigmore, Earls of March.

Track list
Mortimer Overture
Mortemer Castle
The Marcher Lords
When Christ and his Saints Slept
De Montfort
The Round Table 1279
Two Thousand Marks
The Privy Seal and the Royal Shield
King of Folly
The Tragedy of Roger Mortimer and the Mystery of Edward II
Leintwardine
Mer de Mort
Mer de Mort Part two
Henry VI
Sunnes of York
Chapel of Sir John

All songs arranged and recorded at Rock Lee and Rainbow Starshine studios in Torbay by Ian Churchward and Lord Zarquon. Mastered by Lord Zarquon.
Narratives written by Philip Hume and read by John Challis, recorded at the Palace Theatre, Paignton on Saturday 25th October 2018 by Lord Zarquon.

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MORTIMER OVERTURE

Instrumental composed Ian Churchward, recorded from June to August 2018
Ian Churchward guitars
Lord Zarquon keyboards and drums

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MORTEMER CASTLE

IN THE YEAR 1054 A BATTLE IT WAS SET
A LORD LED HIS ARMY OUT TO MEET THE THREAT
ROGER DE MORTIMER THE FIRST OF THAT NAME
OF THAT NOBLE FAMILY OF EVER LASTING FAME

MORTEMER HIS CASTLE ON IT'S MAN MADE HILL
DEFENDING NORMANDY WITH HIS SWORD OF STEEL

FOR THE DUKE OF NORMANDY ROGER BRAVELEY FOUGHT
DEFEATED THE FRENCH ARMY, PRISONERS TO HIS CASTLE BROUGHT
ROGER DE MORTIMER THE FIRST OF THAT NAME
OF THAT NOBLE FAMILY OF EVER LASTING FAME

MORTEMER HIS CASTLE ON IT'S MAN MADE HILL
DEFENDING NORMANDY WITH HIS SWORD OF STEEL

HIS PRISONER RALPH DE CREPI ROGER DID SET FREE
AND THIS DID GREATLY ANGER THE DUKE OF NORMANDY
ROGER DE MORTIMER THE FIRST OF THAT NAME
OF THAT NOBLE FAMILY OF EVER LASTING FAME

MORTEMER HIS CASTLE ON IT'S MAN MADE HILL
DEFENDING NORMANDY WITH HIS SWORD OF STEEL

IN THE YEAR 1054 A BATTLE IT WAS SET
A LORD LED HIS ARMY OUT TO MEET THE THREAT
ROGER DE MORTIMER THE FIRST OF THAT NAME
OF THAT NOBLE FAMILY OF EVER LASTING FAME

MORTEMER HIS CASTLE ON IT'S MAN MADE HILL
DEFENDING NORMANDY WITH HIS SWORD OF STEEL

Lyrics written by Ashley Mantle and Ian Churchward January 2018, music composed by Ian Churchward January 2018. Recorded from January until February 2018
Ian Churchward guitars, and verse vocals
Anna Bolt lead chorus vocals
Guy Bolt tambourine and chorus backing vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards, bass guitar and drums

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THE MARCHER LORDS

ON THE BORDER WITH WALES WE STAND
DEFENCE AND CONQUEST WE HAVE IN HAND
OUR KING AND COUNTRY WE MAY SERVE
THOUGH IT’S OUR OWN POWER WE PRESERVE

THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE
MASTERS OF OUR DESTINY
OH THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE

IF YOU CROSS OUR PATH TREAD CAREFULLY
OH THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE

IT'S A LAND OF OPPORTUNITY
JOIN OUR RAIDS IN THE WELSH COUNTRY
LAND AND RICHES WE ALWAYS SEEK
WE EXPLOIT THE POOR AND DESPISE THE MEEK

THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE
MASTERS OF OUR DESTINY
THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE
IF YOU CROSS OUR PATH TREAD CAREFULLY
OH THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE

SEE OUR CASTLES MADE OF STONE
THE SEEDS OF STRIFE THAT WE HAVE SOWN
OF OUR POWER YOU MUST TAKE HEED
OR ON YOUR KNEES YOU WILL SOON PLEAD

THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE
MASTERS OF OUR DESTINY
THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE
IF YOU CROSS OUR PATH TREAD CAREFULLY
OH THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE

PRIVATE WARS ARE OUR LIBERTY
DON'T INTERFERE JUST LEAVE US BE
BUT BRING UNTO TO US A ROYAL WRIT
AND YOU WILL SOON BE EATING IT

THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE
MASTERS OF OUR DESTINY
THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE
IF YOU CROSS OUR PATH TREAD CAREFULLY
OH THE MARCHER LORDS ARE WE

Lyrics written by Ashley Mantle and Ian Churchward June 2018, music composed by Ian Churchward June 2018 and then recorded from June until August 2018.
Ian Churchward bass, 6 & 12 string guitars, and vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards and drums

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WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT

FOR MATILDA OR STEPHEN WHERE DO YOU STAND
ANARCHY AND CIVIL WAR HAS PLAGUED OUR LAND
THE EARTH IS RAVAGED CROPS CANNOT GROW
IN WARFARE HOW YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW

WITH CIVIL WAR NOBODY WINS
GOD HAS ABANDONED US FOR OUR SINS
OH HOW THE MONKS LAMENTED AND WEPT
IN ENGLAND WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT

THE RICH MAN THINKS HIMSELF A KING
LIKE LOCUSTS ILLEGAL CASTLES DID SPRING
TO PRIVATE WARFARE THE NOBLES SOON FELL
THE POOR THEY OPPRESSED, THEY MADE THEIR LIVES HELL

WITH CIVIL WAR NOBODY WINS
GOD HAS ABANDONED US FOR OUR SINS
OH HOW THE MONKS LAMENTED AND WEPT
IN ENGLAND WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT

HUGH MORTIMER FOR KING STEPHEN STOOD TRUE
AT WIGMORE THE KING'S BANNERS HE FLEW
BUT LOYALTY IS SUCH A FICKLE THING
HUGH'S ALLIES DESERTED HIM AND THEIR KING

WITH CIVIL WAR NOBODY WINS
GOD HAS ABANDONED US FOR OUR SINS
OH HOW THE MONKS LAMENTED AND WEPT
IN ENGLAND WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT

WITH THE DEATH OF STEPHEN THERE IS A NEW KING
FOR PEACE IN OUR LAND THE CHURCH BELLS WILL RING
NOW THAT THE ANARCHY COMES TO AN END
KING HENRY THE SECOND I DO NOW COMMEND

Lyrics written by Ashley Mantle and Ian Churchward July 2018, music composed by Ian Churchward July 2018 and then recorded from July until August 2018.
Ian Churchward bass & 6 string guitars, and vocals
Elaine Churchward backing vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards and drums

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DE MONTFORT

EARLY IN THE MORNING
IT WAS AN AUGUST DAY
DE MONTFORT AWOKE TO BE TOLD
OF THE TROOPS NOT FAR WAY

THREE LIONS OF THE ROYAL ARMS
UP THERE UPON THE HILL
PRINCE EDWARD'S ROYAL STANDARD
WITH REVENGE TO FULFILL

IT WAS MURDER AT EVESHAM
A TRUE BATTLE IT WAS NOT
NO SANCTUARY WAS GIVEN
OF SLAUGHTER THERE WAS A LOT

ONCE HELD IN CONFINEMENT
PRINCE EDWARD ESCAPED IN MAY
ROGER MORTIMER HAD HELPED HIM
IN ROYAL FAVOUR HE THEN DID STAY

THREE LIONS OF THE ROYAL ARMS
UP THERE UPON THE HILL
PRINCE EDWARD'S ROYAL STANDARD
WITH REVENGE TO FULFILL

IT WAS MURDER AT EVESHAM
A TRUE BATTLE IT WAS NOT
NO SANCTUARY WAS GIVEN
OF SLAUGHTER THERE WAS A LOT

GREAT FEUDS PERSONAL AND BITTER
DE MONTFORT KILLED THAT DAY
BY THE LORD OF WIGMORE
SUCH FURY ON DISPLAY

THREE LIONS OF THE ROYAL ARMS
UP THERE UPON THE HILL
PRINCE EDWARD'S ROYAL STANDARD
WITH REVENGE TO FULFILL

IT WAS MURDER AT EVESHAM
A TRUE BATTLE IT WAS NOT
NO SANCTUARY WAS GIVEN
OF SLAUGHTER THERE WAS A LOT

DE MONTFORT'S BODY BUTCHERED
HIS HEAD REMOVED THAT DAY
DELIVERED TO WIGMORE CASTLE
TO MAUD DE BRAOSE WITHOUT DELAY

Composed by Ian Churchward, January 2018 and then recorded from January until the end of August 2018.
Ian Churchward 6 & 12 string guitars, and vocals
Fleur Elliott backing vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards, bass guitar and drums

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THE ROUND TABLE 1279

TO KENILWORTH YOU ARE INVITED
FOR MY SONS HAVE BEEN KNIGHTED
TO HONOUR THEM WE SHALL RECALL
KING ARTHUR'S PAGEANTRY ONCE MORE

OH THE SPLENDOUR WE SHALL DANCE
IN THIS GRAND CIRCUMSTANCE

AT MY ROUND TABLE PLEASE JOIN ME
THE NOBLE KING YOU WILL SEE
ARTHUR'S COURT WE SHALL RECALL
THE PAGEANTRY AND SO MUCH MORE

OH THE SPLENDOUR WE SHALL DANCE
SEE THE KNIGHTS BREAK A LANCE

AS ARTHUR'S KNIGHTS SOME WILL BE DRESSED
SIR LANCELOT WILL LOOK THE BEST
THE HERALDRY ON HIS SHIELD
ALL OF THIS WILL BE REVEALED

MY LORDS AND LADIES PLEASE ATTEND
WITH THE KING MY ROYAL FRIEND
KING ARTHUR WE SHALL RECALL
THE PAGEANTRY SEE IT ALL

OH THE SPLENDOUR WE SHALL DANCE
IN THIS GRAND CIRCUMSTANCE

Lyrics written by Ashley Mantle and Ian Churchward August 2018, music composed by Ian Churchward August 2018 and then recorded from August until September 2018.
Ian Churchward 6 & 12 string guitars, mandola and vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards, bass drum and tambourine

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TWO THOUSAND MARKS

AGED FOURTEEN HE WAS GIVEN A BRIDE
IN THE CHURCH IN PEMBRIDGE, JOAN BY HIS SIDE
HIS WIFE WAS AN HEIRESS TO HALF OF LUDLOW
BUT TO PIERS GAVERSTON A FINE HE WOULD OWE

TWO THOUSAND MARKS AND FIVE HUNDRED MORE
WAS THE FINE HE PAID OF THAT I AM SURE
TWO THOUSAND MARKS AND FIVE HUNDRED MORE
NOT ONE FARTHING LESS OF THAT I AM SURE

HE WAS JUST SEVENTEEN WHEN HIS FATHER DIED
BECAUSE OF A WARDSHIP IT WAS JUSTIFIED
TO PAY THE FAVOURITE OF THE KING'S SON
PIERS GAVERSTON WAS THAT FAVOURED ONE

TWO THOUSAND MARKS AND FIVE HUNDRED MORE
WAS THE FINE HE PAID OF THAT I AM SURE
TWO THOUSAND MARKS AND FIVE HUNDRED MORE
NOT ONE FARTHING LESS OF THAT I AM SURE

DESPITE THIS FINE HIS WEALTH IT DID GROW
A KNIGHTHOOD UPON HIM THE KING DID BESTOW
THEN TO PARLIAMENT HE WAS CALLED
THE DEATH OF THE OLD KING, A NEW ONE INSTALLED

Composed by Ian Churchward April 2018 and then recorded from the end of April until the beginning of September 2018.
Ian Churchward bass, 6 & 12 string guitars, mandolin and vocals
Jules Jones backing vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards and drums

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THE PRIVY SEAL AND THE ROYAL SHIELD

ROGER LED MEN FROM HIS ESTATE
DEFEAT AT BANNOCKBURN WAS THEIR FATE
PROTECTING THE FLIGHT OF THEIR KING
OF ROGER'S HONOUR I WILL NOW SING

I WLL NOW SING
I WILL NOW SING
OF MORTIMER HONOUR I WILL NOW SING

THE PRIVY SEAL AND THE ROYAL SHIELD
LOST TO SOTLAND ON THE BATTLEFIELD
LEFT BEHIND BY THE ENGLISH KING
OF ROGER'S HONOUR I WILL NOW SING

I WLL NOW SING
I WILL NOW SING
OF MORTIMER HONOUR I WILL NOW SING

RATHER THAN A RANSOM GIVEN A TASK
WAS IT DEMANDED OR DID SOMEONE ASK
TO RETURN THE SEAL AND THE ROYAL SHIELD
AND THE BODIES OF TWO NOBLES WHO HAD BEEN KILLED

ROGER RETURNING WITH THE SHIELD
TWO DEAD NOBLES WHO HAD BEEN KILLED
AND THE PRIVY SEAL LOST BY THE KING
OF ROGER'S HONOUR I WILL NOW SING

I WLL NOW SING
I WILL NOW SING
OF MORTIMER HONOUR I WILL NOW SING
I WLL NOW SING
I WILL NOW SING
OF MORTIMER HONOUR I WILL NOW SING

Composed by Ian Churchward April 2018 and then recorded from the end of April until the beginning of September 2018.
Ian Churchward guitars, mandola and vocals
Jules Jones backing vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards, bass guitar and drums

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THE KING OF FOLLY

DURING THIRTEEN TWENTY NINE
AT WIGMORE THE KING OF FOLLY DID DINE
AT WIGMORE CASTLE HIS SON DID DECLARE
THE KING OF FOLLY YOU WILL FIND THERE

A GREAT TOURNAMENT
AND A ROUND TABLE
A DOUBLE WEDDING
PERHAPS A FABLE

DURING THIRTEEN TWENTY NINE
AT WIGMORE THE KING OF FOLLY DID DINE
AT WIGMORE CASTLE HIS SON DID DECLARE
THE KING OF FOLLY YOU WILL FIND THERE

TWO OF HIS DAUGHTERS
MARRIED THAT DAY
DISPLAYING GRANDEUR
IN EVERY WAY

ELABORATE AND WEARING RICH CLOTHES
HOW COULD THIS BE THE PATH THAT HE CHOSE
HOW DID IT SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL
A PRICE TO PAY FOR HIS LEADING ROLE

DURING THIRTEEN TWENTY NINE
AT WIGMORE THE KING OF FOLLY DID DINE
AT WIGMORE CASTLE HIS SON DID DECLARE
THE KING OF FOLLY YOU WILL FIND THERE
THE KING OF FOLLY YOU WILL FIND THERE

Composed by Ian Churchward March 2018 and then recorded from March until September 2018.
Ian Churchward guitars, mandola and vocals
Elaine Churchward vocals
Ashley Dyer trumpet
Lord Zarquon keyboards, bass guitar and drums

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THE TRAGEDY OF ROGER MORTIMER AND THE MYSTERY OF EDWARD II

AT BERKELEY CASTLE THE LEGENDS STATED
A CRIME SO EVIL WAS PERPETRATED
EDWARD THE SECOND A KING DEPOSED
WAS HE MURDERED CRUELLY NO ONE KNOWS

A MORTIMER FOR THE KING'S DEATH BLAMED
AS A TRAITOR HE WOULD BE NAMED
YET I HEAR THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAY
THAT EDWARD DID NOT DIE THAT DAY

THE TRAGEDY OF ROGER MORTIMER
GRAVE NEWS TO ISABELLA BROUGHT TO HER
AT TYBURN HE WAS HUNG UP HIGH
SO MANY CAME TO SEE HIM DIE

OF SECRET PLOTS I HAVE BEEN APRRISED
THE DEATH OF A KING TO BE CONTRIVED
A FUNERAL EFFIGY THEN TO BE MADE
WITH A COPPER CROWN TO BE DISPLAYED

THE TRAGEDY OF ROGER MORTIMER
GRAVE NEWS TO ISABELLA BROUGHT TO HER
AT TYBURN HE WAS HUNG UP HIGH
SO MANY CAME TO SEE HIM DIE

FROM BERKELEY CASTLE HE WAS CONVEYED
AT CORFE UNDER GUARD EDWARD THEN STAYED
TO FREE HIM HIS HALF BROTHER DID TRY
THE TALE OF REGICIDE PERHAPS A LIE

WITH EDWARD'S WHEREABOUTS NOW REVEALED
TO IRELAND HE WAS THEN CONCEALED
IN FRANCE AND GERMANY HE WOULD TRAVEL
WEARING A FAR LESS ROYAL APPAREL

THE TRAGEDY OF ROGER MORTIMER
GRAVE NEWS TO ISABELLA BROUGHT TO HER
AT TYBURN HE WAS HUNG UP HIGH
SO MANY CAME TO SEE HIM DIE

LATER IN GERMANY IT WAS SO STRANGE
A NEW KING MET WILLIAM LE GALEYS
HIS FATHER THIS STRANGER PERTAINED TO BE
RECEIVED BY THE KING MOST GRACIOUSLY

Lyrics written by Ashley Mantle and Ian Churchward, music composed by Ian Churchward July 2018.
and then recorded from the end of April until the beginning of September 2018.
Ian Churchward acoustic guitar and vocals
Elaine Churchward vocals
Rob Bright lead electric guitar

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LEINTWARDINE

TO THE CHURCH OF ST MARY MAGDALENE
A GIFT THAT A KING DID BRING
HE CAME TWICE IN THIRTEEN FIFTY THREE
TO LEINTWARDINE THERE CAME A KING

LAYING A CLOTH OF GOLD
SEE IT THERE UNFOLD
MASSES FOR THE HIGH BORN SUNG
FOR THEIR SOULS YES THIS WAS DONE

TO THE CHURCH OF ST MARY MAGDALENE
A GIFT THAT A KING DID BRING
CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE THE SCENE
A PILGRIMAGE TO LEINTWARDINE

LAYING A CLOTH OF GOLD
SEE IT THERE UNFOLD
MASSES FOR THE HIGH BORN SUNG
FOR THEIR SOULS YES THIS WAS DONE

Song composed by Ian Churchward in May 2018 and then recorded from May until September 2018.
Ian Churchward guitar and vocals
Violet Sheer vocals
Rowan Curle vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards and drums

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MER DE MORT

TAKEN ACROSS THE IRISH SEA
WILL WE EVER BE SET FREE
MY FATHER HAS BEEN LAID TO REST
OF GOOD FORTUNE WE ARE NOT BLESSED

IN MY MIND'S EYE THE MER DE MORT
OH SO DARK IS THAT THOUGHT
MY MER DE MORT THOUGHT

ROGER AND I JUST YOUNG BOYS
FORCED TO BE BOLLINGBROKE TOYS
MORTIMER HEIRS WE ARE DISTRAUGHT
TO WINDSOR WE ARE NOW BROUGHT

IN MY MIND'S EYE THE MER DE MORT
OH SO DARK IS THAT THOUGHT
MY MER DE MORT THOUGHT

IN WALES GLYN DWR IS UPRISING
OF BRYN GLAS I AM SURMISING
OUR UNCLE'S ARMY WAS DEFEATED
MANY DEAD BODIES BADLY TREATED

IN MY MIND'S EYE THE MER DE MORT
OH SO DARK IS THAT THOUGHT
MY MER DE MORT THOUGHT

SO MANY SEE ME AS A KING
BUT I DARE NOT ENTERTAIN SUCH A THING

LADY DESPENSER RESCUES ME
WITH MY BROTHER BRIEFLY FREE
BUT AT CHELTENHAM WE ARE CAUGHT
TO PEVENSEY WE ARE BROUGHT

IN MY MIND'S EYE THE MER DE MORT
OH SO DARK IS THAT THOUGHT

Song composed by Ian Churchward in March 2018 after reading an original poem by Margot Miller and then recorded from March until April 2018.
Ian Churchward bass & 6 string guitars, mandola, and vocals
Elaine Churchward backing vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards and drums

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THE MER DE MORT PART TWO

MY BROTHER HAS NO TOMB
SUCH SADNESS TO REFLECT
WHO HE WAS, HOW DID HE DIE
ONLY I WILL NOT FORGET

MISERY TO ME BROUGHT
BESIDE THE MER DE MORT

I'VE HEARD MY MOTHER DIED
SUCH SADNESS TO REFLECT
WHO SHE WAS, HOW DID SHE DIE
ONLY I WILL NOT FORGET

MOURNING TO ME BROUGHT
BEYOND THE MER DE MORT

MY MINORITY BEHIND ME
THE FUTURE I WILL GRASP
I'VE GAINED MY INHERITANCE
I RIDE FREELY AT LAST

CONTENTMENT TO BE BROUGHT
FAR FROM THE MER DE MORT

Lyrics written by Margot Miller and Ian Churchward in March 2018, music composed by Ian Churchward in March 2018
and then recorded from March until September 2018.
Ian Churchward bass & 6 string guitars, mandolin, mandola, and vocals
Elaine Churchward backing vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards

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HENRY VI

A ONCE DISPUTED KING OF FRANCE
A LACK OF AUTHORITY WAS HIS STANCE
CIVIL WAR THROUGHOUT HIS LAND
HE SHOWED NO INTEREST TO COMMAND

HENRY THE SIXTH HIS REIGN SO WEAK
HENRY THE SIXTH HIS THOUGHTS SO MEEK
HENRY THE FIFTH'S ONLY CHILD
HENRY THE SIXTH SO MEEK AND MILD

AS A CHILD HIS UNCLES RULED
BY RICHARD BEAUCHAMP HE WAS SCHOOLED
THE DUKE OF SUFFOLK CAME ON THE SCENE
AND USED A TALENT TO EXPLOIT AND SCHEME

HENRY THE SIXTH HIS REIGN SO WEAK
HENRY THE SIXTH HIS THOUGHTS SO MEEK
HENRY THE FIFTH'S ONLY CHILD
HENRY THE SIXTH SO MEEK AND MILD

FOR A WHILE HENRY LOST HIS MIND
IN A CATATONIC STATE HE DID DECLINE
AND THEN THE DUKE OF YORK DID RULE
TILL HENRY WOKE UP STILL A FOOL

Composed by Ian Churchward in December 2016 and then recorded from December 2016 until March 2018.
Ian Churchward guitars, mandola and vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards, bass guitar and drums

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THE SUNNES OF YORK

IN FOURTEEN TWENTY FIVE EDMUND MORTIMER DIED
THE RIGHT OF INHERITANCE WAS RATIFIED
THUS GIVEN TO ANNE MORTIMER'S SON
CLAIMING FULL INHERITANCE AGED TWENTRY ONE

THE SUNNES OF YORK, OF YORK THREES SONS
SO INFAMOUS ONE WOULD BECOME
EDWARD THE FOURTH, GEORGE AND RICHARD
THEIR BROTHER KILLED BY LORD CLIFFORD

HENRY THE SIXTH WAS A HAPLESS KING
TO THE GREEDY NOBLES HE' WOULD GIVE ANYTHING
THOUGH ANARCHY THE KING DID DEPLORE
THE DUKE OF YORK HE CHOSE TO IGNORE

THE SUNNES OF YORK, OF YORK THREES SONS
SO INFAMOUS ONE WOULD BECOME
EDWARD THE FOURTH, GEORGE AND RICHARD
THEIR BROTHER KILLED BY LORD CLIFFORD

WE CLEARLY SAW THREE SUNS IN THE SKY
EDWARD THE FOURTH TOLD US THE REASON WHY
RICHARD WAS SO NOBLE DON'T BELIEVE THE TUDOR LIE

AT WAKEFIELD THE DUKE OF YORK WAS SLAIN
TO HIS SON EDWARD FELL THAT ROYAL CLAIM
AT MORTIMER'S CROSS THREE SUNS WERE SEEN
A GOOD OMEN BEFORE HIS VICTORY

THE SUNNES OF YORK, OF YORK THREE SONS
SO INFAMOUS ONE WOULD BECOME
EDWARD THE FOURTH, GEORGE AND RICHARD
THEIR BROTHER KILLED BY LORD CLIFFORD

Lyrics written by Ashley Mantle and Ian Churchward January 2018, music composed by Ian Churchward Janaury 2018
and then recorded from January until June 2018.
Ian Churchward guitars, mandola, mandolin and vocals
Pippa West vocals
Lord Zarquon keyboards, bass guitar and drums

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CHAPEL OF SIR JOHN

IN THE WINDOW ABOVE SIR JOHN
A KING, A CROWN HE'S SEEKING
CENTURIES SLOWLY SLIPPING BY
THOSE SECRETS THEY LIE SLEEPING

IN THE CHURCH, ST MATTHEWS CHURCH
SIR JOHN HE LIES A SLEEPING
CENTURIES SLOWLY SLIPPING BY
HIS SECRETS STILL HE'S KEEPING

SEE THE SCOLD WITH THE HORRID TONGUE
HIDDEN IN THE SCREEN
CLEARLY NOT A LADY FAIR
SURELY NOT A WOODVILLE QUEEN

IN THE FACE THAT HOLDS A CROWN
LOOKS LIKE HE'S BEEN SCHEMING
CENTURIES SLOWLY SLIPPING BY
A KINGSHIP OH SO FLEETING

SEE THE SCOLD WITH THE HORRID TONGUE
HIDDEN IN THE SCREEN
CLEARLY NOT A LADY FAIR
SURELY NOT A WOODVILLE QUEEN

ANCIENT TILES UPON THE FLOOR
TO BE SEEN THROUGH THE CHURCH DOOR
TO THE CHAPEL OF SIR JOHN
WHERE HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS GONE

IN THE WINDOW ABOVE SIR JOHN
A KING, A CROWN HE'S SEEKING
CENTURIES SLOWLY SLIPPING BY
THOSE SECRETS THEY LIE SLEEPING

SEE THE SCOLD WITH THE HORRID TONGUE
HIDDEN IN THE SCREEN
CLEARLY NOT A LADY FAIR
SURELY NOT A WOODVILLE QUEEN

Lyrics written by Elaine Churchward and Ian Churchward February 2018 after visiting St Matthews church in Coldridge.
Music composed by Ian Churchward February 2018.
Recorded from February until April 2018.
Ian Churchward bass, 6 & 12 guitars, and vocals
Fleur Elliott backing vocals
Tom Churchward tambourine
Lord Zarquon keyboards and drums

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Elke Paxson

Listen and go on a journey back in time.......
A fabulous and as always an interesting album by The Legendary Ten Seconds that gives us an excellent window into the history of this noble and mighty family, its roots and heritage told and sung by the talented Ian Churchward.
Listening to this album is like reading a great historical fiction and being taken back in time.
It has songs about the Marcher Lords, Roger De Mortemer, Simon De Montfort and the battle of Evesham, Maude and King Stephen, but it also tells us about follies and treachery, honour and pride, about executions, gifts and special places, about Kings and the nobility. It encompasses 4 centuries. It is about events known, but often forgotten and that’s quite an undertaking to put together.
It starts off with a short narration by John Challis about this album then quickly leads into an excellent instrumental. There are brief and interesting narrations between all of the songs.
There are no shortages of highlights of songs - Mortemer Castle, with its beautiful harmonies, Marcher Lords with its wonderful melody and rhythm, Two Thousand Marks is an awesome, lively song, Leintwardine is pure poetry and Mer De Mort II is just beautiful.
Music that is story-telling at its best, often combined with a catchy rhythm, the exciting use of different string instruments, percussions, beautiful harmonies and a sound with a very special flair and feel.
The tireless work that was put into the making of this project has turned an idea into crafting of some witty songs with an entertaining mix of history and wonderful music to form a special and timeless new album. Surely it has something to please everyone.
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Elke Paxson

Be entertained with witty songs that will take you places
This concept album by The Legendary Ten Seconds
shows an excellent window into the history of this mighty family, their heritage and times. Listening to this album is like reading a great historical fiction and being taken back in time with songs about the Marcher Lords, Roger De Mortemer, Simon De Montfort and the battle of Evesham, Maude and King Stephen, but it also tells us about follies and treachery, honour and pride. The album features narrations by John Challis that tell you just a little more about the stories in the songs. There are no shortages of highlights of songs - Mortemer Castle, with its beautiful harmonies, Marcher Lords with its wonderful melody and rhythm, Two Thousand Marks is an awesome, lively song, Leintwardine is pure poetry and Mer De Mort II is just beautiful.
Music that is story-telling at its best, often combined with a catchy rhythm, the exciting use of different string instruments, percussions, beautiful harmonies and a sound with a very special flair and feel.
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