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The birth of Empress Matilda

Matilda (the Latin form of Maud) is known as Empress Matilda.  She is a legendary woman who could have been England’s first queen regnant in her own right.  But the terrible wheels of fate were

A Plantagenet Captive King

Journey from Acre and Capture The peace treaty between Richard the Lionheart and Sultan Saladin was signed on the 2nd of September, 1192.  It reestablished the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although

Robin Hood’s Dawn – BLOG TOUR Day 4!

Robin Hood's Dawn:  The Blog Tour Day 4 Robin Hood's Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy Book 1) is now available in both e-book and paperback formats from all good online stores. As part of the

Robin Hood’s Dawn – BLOG TOUR Day 1!

Robin Hood's Dawn:  The Blog Tour Day 1 Robin Hood's Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy Book 1), is now available in both e-book and paperback formats from all good online stores. As part of the

Cover Reveal: Robin Hood’s Dawn, book 1 of the Robin Hood Trilogy

Now available for Pre-Order at Amazon!   England, 1154-1194 A kingdom under assault. A conspiracy born of anarchy. A hero standing against tyranny. Falsely convicted of a shocking

He Never Smiled Again

The Triumph of Henry I In 1120, King Henry I of England achieved an extraordinary victory:  his ruthless cunning and dogged determination had culminated in a highly favorable peace treaty that gave

The boy king of France

On November 1, 1179, fourteen year-old Philippe Capet was crowned and anointed at Rheims as King of the Franks. By the time of Philippe’s death nearly 44 years later, he had greatly enlarged

Coronation of Richard the Lionheart

On September 3*, 1189, a magnificent procession of bishops, abbots, barons, knights, and the most important nobles of England entered Westminster Abbey.  Crowds lined the streets of London to

The Demon Countess of Anjou

“From the devil they came, to the devil they will go.” – St. Bernard Her beauty lured the Count of Anjou, Geoffrey Greymantle, into a hasty marriage, although her origins were unknown.  She

Birth of King Philippe II of France

Louis VII and Queen Adela receive Philippe Augustus from Christ On this day in history in 1165, King Philippe II of France was born in Gonesse. The son of King Louis VII and his third wife, Adela

Death of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Duke of Brittany

Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany On this day in history in 1186, Geoffrey Plantagenet died in Paris. He was the fourth of five sons born to Henry II, King of England, and Eleanor, Duchess of

The Angevins of England – the First Plantagenet Kings

The Angevins were the first three Plantagenet kings of England:  Henry II (the husband of Eleanor of Aquitaine), Richard the Lionhearted, and John, the king who famously signed the Magna