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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Jan

25

2016

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF WILLIAM MARSHAL

This article is a post from the talk I gave on William Marshal at Cartmel Priory on May 15th 2011 for their annual Founder’s Day Lecture. A quote from the Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal, edited by A.J. Holden and translated by S. Gregory. Published by the Anglo Norman Text Society.  “The son the countess, […]

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Jan

19

2016

ADELIZA OF LOUVAIN: Lady of the English, the Forgotten Queen

In my novel LADY OF THE ENGLISH,  Empress Matilda, daughter of King Henry I, shares the credits with her stepmother, Adeliza of Louvain. While many readers probably know at least something about the Empress, Adeliza has appeared less in the public eye and is not well documented by history. So what was she like, this […]

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Jan

11

2016

FINDING NEWBURY CASTLE

  The whereabouts of Newbury Castle, Berkshire has long been a conundrum.  Did it exist, and if so, where is it?  No one knows for sure; there are only theories.  As far as my own theory goes, I would say it’s staring everyone in the face, but let’s explore the subject. William Marshal’s biography the […]

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