Feb

29

2016

What Price a gold ring?

This is being added to my ongoing research concerning John Marshal. It’s a rather dry piece of legal speak concerned with a land grant, but it’s interesting that John advised the young woman concerned in the dispute. It’s also interesting to note the involvement on the sidelines of William Martel who was one of Stephen’s […]

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  I confess that before I read Thomas Asbridge’s  “THE GREATEST KNIGHT”, I was already curious about this new biography of William Marshal. The lives of John FitzGilbert the Marshal and his son William are a lifelong study subject for me and I’ve read everything about them I can get my hands on.   Since this […]

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Feb

14

2016

PRIMARY SOURCE SATURDAY: Items fro the itinerary of Henry I.

Actually this is Sunday but I ran out of time yesterday!   This is from an itinerary of Henry I gathered together from calenders of documents, pipe rolls etc and published in 1919 by William Farrer.   In 1130 King Henry I visited Woodstock and the sheriff of Oxford, possibly Robert D’Oilli added entered these […]

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                Eleanor of Aquitaine  has a reputation dwelt on by her biographers for coming from a family laden with dysfunctional characters whose lives were rife with shocking scandals. People will sometimes say ‘It’s no wonder she turned out as she did with ancestors like that.’  Actually I think […]

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