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The expulsion of London’s Jews (1290)

A minority community of Jews became  established in England, including in London, in the reign of the Norman king William I, “the Conqueror”,  in the late eleventh century, many of its members originating from Rouen in Normandy and  involved in money-lending (Christians being barred from the practice at the time).  488 more words

On This Day

Using real-life peeps to spice up your historical fiction

There are moments when I feel rather torn. In one corner of my brain my medieval characters are clamouring for my attention, in another, 17th century Matthew and his wife Alex are just as vociferous (with some reason: I’ve sort of left them hanging) In my frontal lobe my new characters are spreading out, and as I have three WIPs in various stages of completion this means I have one group of contemporary protagonists, another set of (new) 17th century characters among which figures a certain Queen Kristina of Sweden, and a new medieval set. 765 more words


Chepstow Castle: A Bastion of Medieval Craftsmanship

Located on a limestone promontory overlooking the River Wye, Chepstow Castle, even today, dominates the landscape and takes the breath away. It’s both magnificent in its medieval might as it is in its beauty and attention to medieval craftsmanship. 1,265 more words

The National Archives of Scotland

Edward I

Robert the Bruce

  • In 1296, war broke out between England and Scotland. Edward I, ‘the Hammer of the Scots’ (1272-1307) invaded, as he was prone to do.
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The Shadow Queen by Anne O'Brien

This is a fictional account of the life and loves of Joan of Kent, one of history’s lesser known influential women, whose matrimonial and political experiences had a significant effect on the history of England, Wales and parts of France. 557 more words

Historical Novels

The Much Detested Eleanor of Provence

Eleanor of Provence came in the middle of a string of unpopular queen consorts. Her mother-in-law, Isabelle of Angouleme, deserted her English children after King John’s death and… 2,554 more words

The House Of Plantagenet