November 10, 2018

This is how the castle featured in Another Kind of Magic looks today.

Here are a couple of images of how the castle might have looked when it was built in the thirteenth century. 

If you want to read  more about the goings-on in the castle (mostly fictional, of course) t...

November 8, 2018

Belladonna can grow up to 6ft in height and the bell-shaped flowers are dull purple with green tinges and faintly scented, and is has shiny, black berries. Part of the nightshade family, along with potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, tobacco, and chili peppers, the common n...

November 4, 2018

Llywelyn the Great, Llewelyn Fawr in Welsh, was a Prince of Gwynedd in north Wales and eventually ruler over most of Wales. 

Born in 1172, Llywelyn came to power in the classic way of Welsh princes bedevilled by the dividing rule of Welsh inheritance - he seized it fro...

November 2, 2018

Born in 1191, the illegitimate daughter of King John and a common-born woman named Clementina, it is thought that Joan spent her early years in Normandy. She was brought to England in 1203 prior to her marriage to the Welsh prince, Llewelyn the Great, in 1204.She was w...

October 8, 2018

Edward was born in sometime in 1003, to Æthelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy, in Islip, Oxfordshire. He had one full brother, Alfred, and a sister, Godgifu, but also had a couple of half-brothers, Æthelred’s sons by a former wife.

During his childhood, England was...

October 6, 2018

Matilda of Flanders, Queen of England and Duchess of Normandy was one of the most influential and formidable medieval Queens of England.

Matilda, or Maud as she was known, was the daughter of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders, and Adela, herself daughter of King Robert II of...

September 22, 2018

Falaise castle features quite strongly in Three Bloody Pieces, and is the setting where several significant events takes place (no, I’m not telling – spoilers!!)

The castle’s history is a long one, dating back to before 1026, and like most other castle’s the history was...

September 21, 2018

Herleva or Arlette?

It is unclear exactly what the mother of William the Conqueror’s name was – several have been attributed to her, most of them variations of Herleva or Arlette.

For the purposes of Three Bloody Pieces, I decided to split the names, and have them as two...

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