Month: March 2016

A to Z of The Plantagenets

For each day in April 2016 I will be writing about The Plantagenets. A family that ruled over England from the 12th to the 15th century. A family powerful and feared, a English history of violence, power, betrayal and greed. This is a family like no other so be sure to join me on my quest as I research and write up the story of The Plantagenets.

The planned schedule is listed below:

A 01/04/16 Aquitaine – Eleanor of Aquitaine
B 02/04/16 Battle of Bannockburn
C 04/04/16 Crusades – Richard The Lionheart
D 05/04/16 Simon de Montfort
E 06/04/16  Evesham – Battle of Evesham
F 07/04/16 Falconry
G 08/04/16 Gory Medieval Tortures
H 09/04/16 Henry II
I 11/04/16 Isabella ‘the She-wolf’ of France
J 12/04/16 John Lackland – King John of England
K 13/04/16 Knights Templar
L 14/04/16 Longshanks – Edward I
M 15/04/16 The Marshal – William Marshal
N 16/04/16 Nuns and Infamous Military Campaign of 1379
O 18/04/16 Oxford – Provisions of Oxford
P 19/04/16 Plague – The Black Death or Bubonic Plague 1348 – 1350
Q 20/04/16  Quercy – Treaty of Paris 1259
R 21/04/16 Richard II
S 22/04/16  Stephen – King Stephen of England
T 23/04/16 Thomas Becket
U 25/04/16  Usury – Moneylending in Medieval England
V 26/04/16  Villages in Medieval England
W 27/04/16 William Wallace
X 28/04/16 X for Cross – Eleanor Cross
Y 29/04/16 Young King Henry
Z 30/04/16  Z the end of the Alphabet and the end of my story of The Plantagenets

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A-Z Challenge of The Plantagenets

For this Fridays blog I have decided to reveal my A-Z Challenge subject. The question was should I choose random subjects each day or stick to a specific topic. Obviously random would have been far easier but where is the fun in that, so I have opted to do an A-Z of The Plantagenets.

The Plantagenets my favourite dynasty that ruled England for 400 year in medieval times. A family ruled by greed and power, hate and love. And, if that is not enough there is deceit and some of the bloodiest and cruelest battles in history. I am currently working on my list for each letter and will publish that soon. Subscribe so you don’t miss any and get updates when each publication is issued on this fascinating trip across medieval England.

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The A-Z Challenge runs throughout April 2016 and on each day excluding Sunday I will write about a  different subject working through A to Z.

Sammy’s New Freind

It’s been awhile since Sammy appeared on my blog. The weather has not been great and poor Sammy has been sitting in the conservatory gazing out the window, lost in a reverie, as the rain lashes down crushing his chances of a walk in the field.

This week I thought I would share a short video of Sammy and a new little friend of his.

‘I don’t ask a lot’, Sammy says to me ‘all I want is a walk and a bone to chew on and I am happy. But with this weather half of my pleasures in life are taken away.’ I try to convince him the sun will be out soon and all will be good.

Let’s hope so.

Book Review – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train is Paula Hawkins debut novel and what an amazing book to kick off with. The only problem Hawkins has now created is keeping up the standards for future novels.

This story concentrates around the main character of Rachel Watson who travels to London on her regular commute by train. Every day it stops at a signal that overlooks the residential back garden of Megan and Scott; she imagines the perfect life of the couple who she has never met. This is contrary to her own life where her marriage had failed with her husband leaving her for another woman. Rachel’s life is in a decline with alcohol problems that add to the mystery of the story with the blackouts that she sometimes experiences.

One day Rachel is shocked to see Megan kissing another man and feels anger at Megan for what she has done to Scott. Following a night of heavy drinking Rachel wakes and finds herself with blood stains and injuries on herself with no memory of where these came from or how she had managed to get them.  This is followed by the news that Megan has gone missing and this is the start of a journey of intrigue and suspense.

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This book kept me guessing all the way leading me one way and then another. Perfectly executed to the very end and a great read and one I wanted to add to my recommendations. I now wait impatiently for the next novel from Paula Hawkins.

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