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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