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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...

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...

From Balcony to a Garden

From Balcony to a Garden

In Hong Kong I had a balcony, several floors up in a high rise. The first one was like an opera box with glass sides and always felt scary. The second one was deep with its own stout walls, an extension to the room but a haunt of huge wolf...

Seabird and Sailing

Seabird and Sailing

In Hong Kong everybody who could made the water, the sea their escape to somewhere calm, a place to relax and be lazy. Unless you were a sailor who liked to race. Then you raced locally every weekend or took part in the biannual ocean-going South...

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Life in HK was extraordinary, two remarkable decades of working and living there between 1977-1997. It was like running up the up escalator, the pace was so fast and intense. Everybody worked hard, the most can-do environment I have ever known...

Melusine

Melusine

Isabella married twice and both her husbands belonged to families that believed they were connected to Melusine, the fairy woman who was beautiful, full of magic and full of mystery. The Angevins, who became known as the Plantagenets, told the...