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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries This month I went to London and saw these splendid galleries, up high in the triforium of Westminster Abbey. You cross Poets’ Corner and there is a new tower installed into the tight space of Poets’ Corner...

Writers and Cats

Writers and Cats

Colette the French writer, the author of Gigi, very much liked cats. As she said, ‘There are no ordinary cats.’ And indeed there are not, and we may find as Colette did, that ‘My cat does not talk as respectfully to me as I do to her.’  One...

Sibling Rivalry – Medieval Period

Here is something that gives factual background to Isabella Of Angouleme: The Tangled Queen. It explains the rivalry that existed and how slowly the relationship changed after centuries of war. It was a delight to write and be back in the 13th...

October for Isabella

October for Isabella

October was a very significant month for Isabella, she was crowned Queen of England on 8 October 1200, aged about twelve. Her first child, a son who became Henry III was born on October 1st 1207, and on 19th October 1216 her husband King John...

Guinguette

Guinguette

A long hot summer in 2018, although France Meteo says it was not as hot as 2003. However night time temperatures stayed in the mid-20s, which is uncomfortable without a fan. At least no one had to wear layers and layers of clothes as they did in...

25 August 1200, Angoulême

25 August 1200, Angoulême

25 August 1200, Angoulême. On this day King John married Isabella of Angouleme. She was about 12 and he was 33. At that time it was canon law that a girl could be married at 12, and often they were, and even younger. But the marriages were not...