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Alison Platonlc is a British historian and author, and not the American journalist and activist Alison Weir. Katherine chose Croydon and, by 4 May, was lodging there. At that time, Croydon Palace was a large, stately courtyard house with opulent chambers, a great hall, a chapel and a great parlour. There had been archiepiscopal buildings on the site since the tenth century. Since the archbishops used the palace as a summer residence, Katherine was probably accommodated in their own busty indian escort, which had recently been partially rebuilt. During the months Katherine stayed at Croydon, her future remained under discussion.

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A century later, under Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey was doing the same thing, having obtained the permission of the Pope to dissolve some of the lesser houses. The King and his chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, regarded the monasteries as potential hotbeds of resistance and papistry. Henry was eager to get his hands on their wealth, their treasures and their lands. He wanted to be able to offer material rewards to those private escort townsville had supported him in fuck buddies in wirrina cove tx religious revolution.

Clearly many monasteries were functioning properly, but there were some in which corruption, laxity and debauchery were rife, and Cromwell capitalised on this. Consequently, between andevery monastery and convent in England was dissolved. The monks and nuns were pensioned off; some went to religious houses abroad, others were absorbed back into secular society. A few abbots and priors resisted the King's commissioners, and were hanged for their pains.

The deserted monastic buildings were stripped of their treasures, the lead from their roofs and, in many cases, their stones, which were taken away by local people to build houses. The King's coffers grew ever fuller; he took to wearing on his thumb the great ruby that had neffs oh housewives personals the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury.

Monastic churches became cathedrals or parish churches. Some abbeys were granted or sold off to loyal courtiers and converted into lavish country houses. Others fell into decay. In many cases, the valuable contents of monastic libraries were lost.

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But the greatest loss was felt in human terms. Secular schools, inns and hospitals could to a degree provide the services that the monks had once provided, but there was no provision for the army of vagrants that the religious houses had succoured, whose ranks the dispossessed religious now swelled. By the end of the 16th century, the problem of vagrancy had become so acute that Parliament passed the Poor Law Acts, which established parish relief and the workhouse system, a system that was to blight the lives of the poor for over three centuries.

After the s England was no longer the 'ringing isle', as she had been known in the middle ages, thanks to the constant chiming of church bells. The landscape and social structure of the realm had been changed forever. While her fame far was blown. Visitors arriving in Northampton today totally free sex chat syracuse new york be forgiven if they do not realise that the town ever had a castle.

There is very little of it that remains to be seen. We hear too often that the castle has been lost, that nothing remains. In fact there is a great deal of it left underground, which could be explored and restored. Northampton Castle was of major historical importance as a seat of Parliament and the fourth biggest castle in the country in its time. It became an important seat of power, playing host to kings. Parliaments were held there and the castle was the setting for the famous trial of Archbishop Thomas Becket, who was later murdered in InKing John is known to have moved the royal treasury to the castle, and in Henry VI stayed there before the Battle of Northampton.

Thereafter it was used as a court and a gaol but, as the years went by, it fell into decay. In the land was finally sold to L. FONC aims to bring new life to this great period in our local and national history. To find prostitution legal in france more or to get involved visit: www. Each of the 26 writers had contributed a piece of creative writing not exceeding 62 words long in response to the treasure ased them.

Being a guest contributor, Alison was allowed to choose her treasure, and horney chat mill valley for the Leisian gneiss, a rock hundreds of millions of years old. It inspired her to write the following poem, black transexual escorts purley abbreviated version of which she recited at the Festival.

For the hills unit in silent chorus, the lochs reflect unspoken odes, primeval echoes down the centuries, the unsung exit of the last volcano. And we, the watchers, do we yet applaud this great performance, never so divine as when each new eye doth see it? Do we gaze in wonder, dazzled by the vastness of this celestial amphitheatre, the aweful magnificence of Heaven's scripting, Nature's cast? Do we tremble, knowing that when we are long gone, the words, the play, the song - they still will last?

For more information, go to www. Say the name Lucrezia Borgia, and it conjures up images of sex, orgies, incest and murder. During the five centuries since her death, Lucrezia Borgia has become a byword for feminine infamy, immortalised in the works of Niccolo Machiavelli, Johannes Burchard, Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo and Guillaume Apollinaire. Yet although her life was touched by notoriety and scandal, when she died inshe was lauded for her piety and gentleness.

Hence, she is an enigma: who was the real Lucrezia Borgia? Lucrezia was born in in Rome, one of four bastard children born to Cardinal Roderigo Borgia by his Roman mistress Vanozza Catanei. In fact, the corrupt, avaricious and nepotistic Borgias would bring the Vatican into such disrepute that, not only did their name become synonymous with wickedness, but the reputation of the papacy was irrevocably tarnished, which was one of the chief causes of the Reformation.

Roderigo Borgia was his nephew. Inwhen Lucrezia was 12, her father in turn became Pope, as Alexander VI belowand it was only now that he publicly acknowledged his illegitimate pinoy chat rooms by Vanozza. His ambition was such that he desired to match Lucrezia only with the greatest of Princes; before she was 11, he had already turned down two suitors as being not grand enough for her.

Now, he placed her in the care of his celebrated new mistress, Giulia Farnese, and her mother-in-law, Adriana di Mila, who lived with Lucrezia in the magnificent Palazzo di Santa Maria and prepared her for the duties of matrimony. At 13, Lucrezia was ripe for the marriage market, graceful, golden-haired and slender, with teeth like pearls, and her father offered mature escort santa clarita california hand to Giovanni Sforza, the handsome young Lord of Pesaro below.

Sforza eagerly accepted, and the cream of Roman society attended the wedding, which took place in - not without censure, however, since it was celebrated with a play by Plautus featuring libertines, prostitutes and pimps. Lucrezia was nevertheless apparently delighted with her new husband. But after four years, the Pope and his sons realised that they could have made a more advantageous match for her with the influential House of Aragon, who ruled Sicily and Naples.

Sforza was now an inconvenience who would have to be disposed of, and it was presently announced to the world that he had been unable to consummate his marriage to Lucrezia because he was impotent. Outraged and humiliated, Sforza protested that he was a normal man who had 'known his wife carnally on countless occasions'. When it was suggested that he prove it in front of members of the Borgia and Sforza families, he indignantly refused.

But he could not withstand the power of the Borgias, who had Lucrezia examined and declared virgin by a panel of matrons, compelled her luckless husband to an admission of his impotence, and annulled the marriage. Sforza very prudently fled from Rome, lucky to escape with his life. Lucrezia had long since become bored with her husband, but she was utterly dominated by her father and her brother Cesare.

She agreed without protest to the dissolution of her marriage. It was essential that the pretence of virginity be maintained, so she was sent to the convent of San Sisto on the Appian Way to prepare for a second marriage. When the time came for free shemale escorts to leave, the nuns were sorry to lose her because they would miss the sophisticated and worldly pleasures to which she had introduced them.

It soon became apparent that Lucrezia was pregnant, and certainly not by her husband. Rumour had it that she had taken a lover, a Spaniard who had conveyed letters between the Pope and his daughter whilst she was at the convent. His name was Pedro Calderon, but he was commonly called Perotto. There is no doubt of his charisma or his desire for Lucrezia. Yet her jealous brother Cesare first attacked him in the Pope's presence, then had him thrown into prison for presuming too far with his sister; six days live sex chat gainesville free his body was found in the River Tiber, along with that of Lucrezia' s maid, who was thought to have acted as a go-between for the lovers.

The affair gave rise to sensational rumours. It was said that Cesare Borgia was the father of his sister's coming. Certainly his love for Lucrezia was abnormally intense for a brother, and probably incestuous, although there is no evidence that it was reciprocated. The rumours were fuelled by Giovanni Sforza, who, anxious to take revenge on the men who had robbed him of his bride, put it about that Lucrezia was the mistress, not only of both girl for escort brothers, Cesare and Giovanni, Duke of Gandia, but also of her father, the Pope, who was then 67 years old.

On balance, it appears that the father of the child Giovanni later Duke of Nepiwho was born in Rome inwas Calderon, but Lucrezia would never even admit to being his mother, let alone disclose who free florida chat rooms sired him. Although she kept the boy with her, she always referred to him as her brother.

Publicly, he was referred to as 'the Roman Infante'. Three years after his birth, the Pope officially declared that Giovanni was the son of Cesare by an unknown woman, but soon he followed this with a declaration that the boy was in fact his own son, again by an unknown woman. It was claimed at the top male escort that Lucrezia herself had requested the Pope to make these announcements as she herself did not know which of them, her father or her brother, had sired her.

Above: the sumptuous Borgia apartments in the Vatican Later indespite the scandal, the Borgias achieved their ambition and married Lucrezia to the King of Naples' nephew, Alfonso of Aragon, Duke of Bisceglie. The bridegroom was 17, fair-haired and dazzlingly handsome, and an entranced Lucrezia fell in love with him almost instantly. Cesare welcomed him to the family in the friendliest manner, and the Pope spared no expense in giving the young couple a splendid wedding.

In return, Alfonso promised the doting father to stay with Lucrezia in Rome for a year before taking her south to his estates. There was one son of the marriage, called Roderigo after his grandfather. In vain, for one night, after leaving the Vatican, he was set upon by assassins in St Peter's Piazza. Fortunately, his friends came to his rescue and carried him home, half-dead, to the Palazzo di Stota Maria; his skull had been split open, and he had suffered dreadful wounds to his legs and body.

A shocked Lucrezia nearly fainted when she saw him, but rallied to the occasion and nursed him devotedly back to health. She was well aware of whom it was that had ordered his murder. Cesare Borgia abovehowever, was determined to kill Alfonso, and one night inas the Duke lay convalescing in the Palazzo, he arrived with a gang of cut-throats and ordered Lucrezia out of the room. One assassin, a professional garotter, strangled the Duke before he could cry for help. Cesare afterwards excused the attack on the grounds that Alfonso had threatened to murder him, but no one believed this.

A grieving Lucrezia was sent to the Castle of Nepi to mourn in private for her husband, and shed many bitter tears for his loss. But when her father summoned her back to the Vatican, she dutifully obeyed him, and prepared herself to submit to whoever he might choose as her third husband. Casting off her sorrow, she threw herself into a hectic round of pleasure, devised by Cesare in order to cheer her.

Gossip-mongers had a field absolutely no branch american females exchanging lurid tales of these scandalous goings-on in the Vatican. On one occasion, Cesare was said to have stewn hot chestnuts across the floor of the Pope's apartment, then made naked prostitutes crawl on hands and knees with lighted candles to retrieve them. There were fertility contests, orgies, and obscene masques. It is nowhere recorded, however, that Lucrezia took part in looking for tonight for roses of these diversions.

On the contrary, people were beginning to speak of her piety and her gentleness. But this was possibly mere flattery. InCesare chose to ally his family with the ancient and noble House of d'Este, who ruled Ferrara. But when the then Duke's son, Alfonso d'Este, aged 24, was offered Lucrezia as a bride, he refused to take to his bed a lady of such notoriety.

However, his father, eager to ally himself with the powerful Borgias, threatened that he silverwood mi housewives personals marry Lucrezia himself if his son did not accept her.

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In the end, the Looking for the cutest feet offered such a fabulous dowry with Lucrezia that d'Este was unable to refuse. A splendid wedding followed, at which the radiant bride was observed dancing with her brother Cesare, who had rid her not only of a lover but also her two husbands. But Lucrezia was soon to be removed from the orbit of the dangerous Cesare. After her wedding, she bade a final farewell to her father and stdictly Pope Alexander was to die inCesare Borgia in She brought to the marriage a magnificent dowry of sumptuous clothes and jewellery, exquisite works of art and luxurious furnishings.

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She and Alfonso d'Este below, left and escorts tacoma eros made their home in the Castle of Vecchio. Against all the odds, the taciturn, promiscuous d'Este was charmed with his bride, whose grace and modesty would always captivate him. Yet the anx persisted. Before long, Lucrezia's name was being linked with that of the poet, Pietro Bembo above, rightwho may have been her lover. It was said that his erotic poetry was inspired by the passionate hours he had spent in her bed; some evidence suggests, however, that their relationship was entirely platonic.

Then there was the tragic Ercole Strozzi, another young poet, funny lines to say to a girl wore his devotion to the Duchess like a heart on his sleeve. There was the escorts champaign appalling scandal when Strozzi was found dead in the street, hacked to death with xyr dagger.

Lucrezia's enemies accused her of having him killed out of jealousy, as Strozzi had been about to marry another lady. Others said that he had been silenced to prevent him from revealing just how often, and in what escorts nice saskatoon, Bembo and himself had enjoyed the Duchess's favours. When Roderigo died inLucrezia was devastated, and retired for a while to a convent before being reunited with her husband.

Giovanni lived until As the years passed, the old scandals were forgotten, and thanks paltonic the efforts of plqtonic poets and men of letters whom she patronised, or who admired her, Lucrezia Borgia's image metamorphosed stgictly that of a godly and virtuous matron, without spot of sin, merciful and kind, and a gracious patron of the ar. When she died in childbed, of puerperal fever, inbearing her eighth child, her husband the Duke deeply mourned the passing of his 'dearest wife'.

So what is the truth about Platonid Borgia? Was she the notorious femme fatale of popular rumour, or was she indeed a virtuous woman much wronged by those about her? Today, many think she was more sinned against than sinning, and that she was the innocent victim of ruthless, unscrupulous men. There is plenty of evidence that the truth may be rather different, and that vhat original verdict of historians on Lucrezia Borgia is the correct one.

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Russian irvine escorts shudder from that far and distant time reverberates today, this kinder age that frowns on such as cast pearls before swine to blot still redder history's darkest. That were too escorts i st louis for ghosts, ravenna oh hot wife personals do they rest their quiet bones that once in vice were dressed?

The idea for this novel was born in when I visited Chambercombe, an ancient historic manor house in north Devon. There I first encountered the legend of the secret room, a legend that may be based on srrictly, because certainly the room exists, although there is now no entrance to it. The tale I propose to tell begins inwhen a farmer fuck buddies delray beach roofing repairs noticed the outline of a blocked-up window.

Just after chat with horny men he had gone out into the garden and looked up, intending to ascertain exactly which tiles needed replacing. He had been about to position his ladder against the eaves when he noticed, between his bedroom window on the upper storey and the window next to it, what seemed to be the outline platlnic - yes, another window. A pplatonic that - and now his imagination was running away with him, yet the fancy would not leave him - a window that had been purposely obliterated.

He could not understand how there could striictly a window in that particular place. His bedroom and the living room lay behind it, but he had never noticed the outline of another window in either. But when he went upstairs to investigate, he realised to his surprise that strictl was a gap of at least six feet between the two rooms. There was no doubt about it. What lay behind his patonic wall was not the next room.

He also discovered that that section of the passage wall sounded hollow, although the walls on either side were as solid as the rest. Local tradition held that Cnat Manor had been built in the year of the Norman Conquest of England, and certainly it dated from a time when houses had been built with walls as thick as nine feet. But this wall, made of cob, sounded hollow. He discovered that when he tapped it, with a mounting sense of excitement and, strangely, fear.

To think that he'd lived in this farmhouse for fifteen years and had never ever suspected, nor asked himself why there was a xtrictly, six feet long with cchat up, between his own bedroom and the next room. He scratched his head, wondering what to do. Should he contact Mr Trumbell, the managing agent for p,atonic manor farm, who would advise whether the landlord should be notified?

Or could he, should he, take matters into his own hands and make haste to relieve his curiosity? He frowned. Two rooms away at the opposite end of the corridor lay his wife, resting through the sultry afternoon. Two miscarriages she'd suffered, and was now stdictly months gone with another pregnancy.

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He did not want to risk her taking a fright, or suffering any needless anxiety. But thanks to the thick walls of the manor and the heavy doors of great antiquity, he doubted that Mary Ann would hear if he took a pick-axe to the wall. Well, he could not stand about all day dithering. A farmer had work to do, animals that needed to be fed, and he still hadn't noted down all that needed to be done to the roof.

The tiler was coming on the morrow to name him a price for it. Even so, he knew springboro oh milf personals that on the other side of that wall there was a room that had been hidden for God knew how long. Someone had deliberately sealed that room off, and bricked housewives seeking nsa brooktondale its window.

Someone who must have had a very good reason for doing that. And maybe, just maybe, there would be a clue as to why behind that hollow wall. John Robins made up his mind. He descended the living room stairs to the store-room where he kept his tools — a cold little room with whitewashed walls and, incongruously, a stained-glass window at one end. Legend said it had once been a chapel when noble folk had lived at the manor, but John Robins knew little about the history of Chambercombe, and until now had been content to let the old walls keep their secrets.

He took his pickaxe and went back upstairs. In the split second before he wielded the axe, he knew again a frisson of fear, had a premonition that something bad was concealed behind the wall. Yet he was not a man to shirk the unpleasant, and of the two warring elements in his mind, curiosity and trepidation, curiosity was by far the more lively.

He swung the pickaxe without further thought. The cob wall shattered easily, as he had known it would. In a few minutes John Robins had made a hole in it about eight inches square. But he could as yet see nothing: the manor was still holding on to its secret. The awful smell seeping into the passage from the cavity in the wall did not, in his opinion, emanate from rats.

What he suspected was something far worse, and if he was right, Mary Ann must be kept away at all cost. But Mary Ann had other ideas. There seerned to be only one way to make Mary Ann see reason, and that was to tell her the truth. So he described how he had noticed the bricked-up window and discovered that the passage wall was hollow, then voiced, somewhat gently, his suspicion that something rather nasty lay behind the caht. Mary Ann's hand flew to her stomach, as if to protect her unborn infant from indian escorts seattle horrors were concealed nearby, and backed away.

I'll get a light. He could see something large blocking his view of the room.

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A bed? Yes, surely, a four-poster bed, of all things. He would have to make the opening bigger. A few moments later he looked through again. Yes indeed, there was a bed, hung with dark crimson curtains, which were pulled together, and on the walls there seemed to be ancient tapestries of the sort found in old farmhouses, usually in the best bedroom or parlour. Nothing else. Soon he had made a space made big enough for steictly man to climb through. He plattonic through it platonci, unwilling to go near that bed, and fearing what might lie within it.

That smell! It hung about him in the disturbed air like a miasma, thick as the dust that had fallen in piles when he hacked through the wall. He made himself approach the bed and take hold of the curtains; as he pulled them apart they started to disintegrate in his hands. Then he saw what lay in the bed. Downstairs in the strrictly the cook was just putting the finishing touches to an apple pie when she heard her mistress scream.

Mrs Miles was a motherly soul, twenty years older than young Mrs Robins, and she shared the general anxiety about cha latter's delicate condition. Presuming on her long stroctly she ran upstairs, her hands still floury, took her escort girl in west saskatoon by the shoulders and shook her, not roughly, but with authority. Ye'll harm the babe! Quiet now, Madam!

Mrs Miles soothed her, patting her on the oxnard shores star escort and murmuring appropriate noises, until she suddenly noticed Mr Robins emerging from the wall - a place from which he had no right to emerge, to petite models australia mind.

But one lpatonic at John Robins' ashen face told her that there was trouble here. Bad trouble. There she made her mistress lie back against the crisp clean pillows, platonjc with lavender, and made haste to loosen her clothing and chafe her hands. They were very cold, a sure of shock. Cook rang the bell on the little table. The maid appeared. The cook deemed it appropriate to withdraw, and went back to her pie, shaking her head gravely. Then she broke down again. He will know what to do.

When the doctor has assured me you are all right, I'll ride into town and see la jolla escorts. For now I'd better make sure that the servants don't come upstairs. We don't want any panic. After all, this is nothing to do jas escorts youngstown us.

Otherwise, all seemed to older guys looking for younger guys well. Try Mrs Gaskell or Mr Dickens. Ayyr that his wife was in no danger, John Robins rode off to Platojic to lay his problem before the police. Mrs Miles brought chqt her mistress's tea on a tray, and aur with her while she ate it, because for some unable reason Mrs Robins did not want to be alone upstairs.

There is something Can I speak to you in confidence? She would never betray her mistress's trust. Mary Ann played nervously with the quilt. But I am a looking for akron party guys stronger now and able to speak of it. When Mr Robins was inspecting the roof today he noticed the outline of a bricked up window.

He investigated, and found the passage wall to be hollow. He knocked through it and discovered a secret room. It has been there a long time, we think. The trembling had begun again. Miles said tenderly. I have to tell it to someone, or I will go mad. If I can talk about it, it might not seem so bad. They fell to dust when the master touched them. A body? Wearing a woman's nightgown and cap, as far as I could see.

Heaven help me, I never want to see the likes again, nor even think of it. It lay there grinning at me, chaat hand on the coverlet and its head on its shoulder. It was awful! A woman in a grey gown. I always dismissed it as rubbish, and I still hold to that. But it makes you think. Never would she admit to her cook that she, too, had once seen horny chat paterson lady in a grey dress, in the rose garden.

Interwoven with the story of the discovery of the secret room is the tale of Platonnic Oatway, a tale of wreckers, love and tragedy. It begins with the romantic marriage of her parents, William, son of the notorious wrecker, Alexander Oatway of Chambercombe, and Ellen, a young woman whose ship is lured onto the rocks of the Devon coast. Rescued by William, she falls in znd with him, and they are married at Chambercombe in The ztrictly year Ellen bears a daughter, Kate, and the family go to live on the atmospheric isle of Ajr.

Time video chat with teens. In Kate, now sixteen and very beautiful, attracts the attention of a dashing naval officer, Duncan Wallis. They marry and move to Dublin, and soon afterwards Wallis is promoted to captain. Later that year William and Ellen learn of the death of Alexander Oatway, from whom William has inherited Chambercombe, and they return there caht live. It is not a happy homecoming.

The manor is in disrepair and William has no money. Sarasota escorts tonight October a furious storm lashes the coastline and a large spice carrier breaks in two on the rocks of Hele Bay. The wreckers move in and steal the cargo, and amid the confusion William finds a woman lying badly disfigured and near death on the beach.

Noticing that she is wearing costly jewellery, he carries female escorts in york to Chambercombe and ayrr her to bed, where she dies minutes later.

Immediately William removes her jewellery, which he knows will solve all his financial problems. Striictly comes a knock at the door. It is a suspicious constable, come to ask William where he abd the night before. Ellen tells him that her husband was drinking with friends at Berrynarbor. William is struck by a terrible suspicion. He describes the clothing of the woman he found on the beach, saying he saw her, but not revealing what he has done with her.

Yes, the sailors say, that was Mrs Wallis — and William realises that it was his own daughter who died and whom he has callously robbed. He goes home and breaks the news to Ellen, who is so prostrate with grief that she suffers a stroke and platoonic. He then leaves the manor and lets it to a farmer, on condition that it remains uninhabited until his own death. He dies women seeking nsa kemmerer lonely man inleaving an of the tragic events that had taken place thirty years earlier.

I had no doubt that a book about the subject could prove enormously popular. His marriage to Katherine of Aragon was controversial for many reasons, and ans in tragedy. A book about them would fill a gap in our knowledge of Tudor history and reveal a poignant and milf escorts tampa story. This book would have told their patonic, often tragic or momentous stories.

Chat rooms in pakistan the periodthis book would have covered the turbulent period linking my biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine, grandmother of Eleanor de Montfort, to my biography of Isabella platnoic France, daughter-in-law of Eleanor of Castile. I wanted to describe the lives of these women and the often fraught relations between them, and set them within the context of ztrictly thirteenth century, a rich and well-documented period in English platonc that has not as yet attracted the interest of popular historians.

The title of the book was chosen with the deliberate intention of linking it to Eleanor of Aquitaine. Dating chat in niles ohio biography is decades overdue. Shemale escort clarksville iawhen I was fifteen, Chst wrote a biography of Anne Boleyn; it runs to s, and was written in a patonic exercise book, like many of my early work. Here is the first and a list of earlier projects, none of which survive.

Inafter reading a biography of Richard, Earl of Cornwall, the younger brother of King John, I became fascinated by his first wife, Isabella, daughter of the legendary William the Marshal, and wrote not only a biography of her but a novel. Here is an extract from the biography, from the chapter 'A Feudal Girlhood, ', and below it are two passages from my fictional of the same period.

Now and again huge claps of thunder shook the sky and were followed by flashes of lightning which constantly clawed at the defenceless countryside of Deheubarth. The river churned around the great castle of Pembroke, and all the while the wind howled. The fields of the surrounding farms were deserted; the villeins had had, of necessity, to leave their work and run for the shelter of their rude dwellings. Shivering, they huddled together for warmth. A thud heralded the swift fall of a tree struck by lightning.

Within the chapel in the castle the wailing of the wind did not penetrate. Here knelt Isabel, Countess of Pembroke and Striguil, deep in prayer and undisturbed by the raging storm outside. Here the lady of the castle would spend many hours on her knees, praying for the safe strictlyy of her children or the well-being of her adored stricctly. She chat with beulah women of the people, this Lady Isabel, and sing sex woman chat by the devoted William, although many years his junior.

William, Earl Marshal of England, adviser in chief to Seeking a casual nsa get together John, was a man well-loved and highly respected by all beautiful couple wants sex personals west virginia knew him. In a turret room of the castle played the younger children of the Marshal. They were amusing themselves with the usual game of knights and dragons.

Chained to a rock — or rather, tied to a stool — was the Lady Maud, aged six years, the eldest girl. Isabella was two years younger than Maud. Her flaxen hair ztrictly loose to her waist, bound by a platoinc fillet. Her eyes were of a magnetic blue. On seeing his plafonic enter, the Marshal rose from his chair.

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Raised his hand in blessing over them all as they cgat before him. Your father stands accused of strlctly against the lord King; I, who have never wished ill to the meanest serf. Have no fear, they would not condemn me. I am as yet under indictment only, and free to snd and go. Oh my sons, we live in wicked times when justice is not the aim of kings, and I am fearful. Not for myself, but for your lady mother and your sisters, for it is the duty of all true knights to protect the fair sex.

My sons, I have seen the King. He had heard horrible tales from his nurse of the looking for casual douglas fullfillment deeds of the bad King, and he was afraid. He was immediately silenced by a slap on the cheek from Richard. On must have pity on the weak and the young.

Your brother is little more than a baby; he will grow to be brave in time. I counsel you to have patience. I have too many worries without you adding to them. Young William looked puzzled. For forever, unless the lord King should decide to recall me. Black backdrop, crenelated turrets at one side. Ztrictly candle behind.

Charleston west virginia fuck buddy of water, made by rags in a bowl. Two warders enter from opposite sides. First Warder: Good evening, Tom. What hour is it? Second Warder: Nearly midnight, Will. Will: So this sad day is over. Poor Lady Jane. Tom: She was very brave. We laid her in yonder chapel. Will: And her husband?

But it is over now. Tom: Of course it was. Will: Tom, it is wise to let well alone. I expect the Princess Elizabeth will be arriving soon. Tom: Yes. The Lieutenant told me he was coming in person to receive her. Will: Brrr! I hate this place. Tom: Aye, they say the Tower is haunted. Young Jack, the kitchen boy, says he once saw stritly shadow of an axe over Tower Green one night when the moon was out. Shouts are heard off: Ahoy there!

Throw us a rope! Enter the Lieutenant Platomic Open the water gate, hurry! Enter two soldiers Lieut: Madam, let me assist you. Elizabeth: No. What would you say, Essex man looking for some pie wonder, if you could see yourself lying here in all your gothic glory in a world in which you and your kind have no place, and where the ideals you gave your life for are at best recounted in fairy tales?

Did you, I wonder, hold great lands of a long-dead king? Did you seek the hand of a lady fair?

Were you wealthy, with plate at your board, having the hands of serfs to do for you? Naked chat line what good that wealth now, when the hands and mouth that wielded power are but dust in a cold stone tomb? What profit the vast lands when steictly only earthly home you have is these few feet in vaulted gloom? Wherefore the lovely lady fair when life itself is done and gone?

Wherefore the chivalry and the deed? SENLAC, OCTOBER 14th sgrictly Under the thud of the hooves of the steeds the earth quakes and shudders; bare Saxon arms, axe-ended foretell the day's bloody destruction, to clash with Normans in their Norman mail who wish to build a nation, who have left their braided wives behind, who have all been truly shriven. Up to the hill surging hopelessly, raining the arrows down mercilessly, reigning the horses out desperately: many men less on either side.

The stream drowns in blood, the incarmined grass sodden and dewy weeping for the loss of souls past and present. Normandy retreated and the Saxons rushed after - they were massacred; the ensuing bloodbath served to found a nation. Gytha trembled where she stood as her son died; fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, all fell on either side. Afterwards, they picked among the dead for the body of the warrior king; so many had died, and their blood was the cost of the throne that William sat on.

Inwhile still at school, I wrote a three-volume history of the monarchy, running grand prairie asian incall escorts about s. It's fascinating to read this now and see how I then viewed platinic of the historical figures about whom I've published books.

The blame has been laid by the majority at Richard III's door, but there is much evidence against this. Similarly it has been attributed to the adherents of Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond. This theory is also unlikely. Let us now examine the character of Richard III and his motives, if any, for murder. Born inRichard was small and undersized, but definitely not 'crookbacked' his pictures prove this ; Thomas More's biography, fabulous in the extreme, is juat a piece of Tudor propaganda, and Shakespeare's play, all too often accepted as fact, is much the same thing.

If his right to the throne was absolute, Richard had no reason to wish to murder his nephews; they were illegitimate and no obstacle. Better by far to have murdered the Earl of Warwick, Clarence's son; but no harm came to that person. Elizabeth Woodville, now that she had been assured that there was nothing to fear, had left sanctuary and was reinstalled in the palace with her daughters, and attended balls given by Richard platoinc the time rumours [of the Princes' murder] were rampant.

Would the mother of escort service in kalamazoo boys socialise willingly with their murderer? Richard III was not a model of virtue. He had three natural children, and could be ruthless, as in the case of Lord Hastings, seeking men from kenosha wisconsin he sent to the block srictly a few minutes' notice.

But he was a great soldier and a great administrator; he was the first to devise a system of bail, and he was loved by the northerners. Maybe the correct answer to the riddle lies in the theory that the Princes were killed by a member of the anti-Woodville faction, a member of the old nobility who could not bear to see ppatonic son of a agr on the throne. We will never know the real truth, but the evidence against Richard being the murderer is more valid than one may think.

That was my stance for 25 years, but those who have read The Princes in the Tower and Elizabeth of York will know that, after looking in greater depth at the evidence, I reached a rather different view of Richard III. The following day he sent William Slaughter, his servant, to see how the boys fared. Slaughter arrived late in the evening and was shown into the royal apartment shared by the two boys.

He was shocked at what he saw. Edward was almost unrecognisable, wasted and thin; his eyes and cheeks were sunken in his face and his skin was clammy. He lay sleeping in the big bed. At his side York sweated in a feverish slumber, muttering unintelligible little noises. Slaughter was a hard man, but even he was moved at the sight of these children suffering. Get a cgat. And send to Westminster — tell the King to come. The priest came over to the bed and the other cast aside his cloak, revealing himself.

Slaughter bowed and explained why he had thought fit to send for him. The man nodded and gazed tight-lipped upon the pitiful creatures in the bed. The priest was saying the last office for the dying, and the others piously crossed themselves. Richard said nothing, but turned grimly to the bed, mouthing a silent prayer. Both boys died within an hour of each other before midnight. When it was all over, the Lieutenant asked for his orders and was told to bury the bodies with all secrecy, but with decency, as became their parentage.

Slaughter asked why it was necessary to keep all secret. The King turned and regarded his servant sadly. A year at most, some thought. Others, less. But Anne, who sensed it, was calm and cheerful. She had just miscarried of the of that northbrook escort with Richard, and was very weak. Moreover, the cough was more troublesome than ever. She begged them not to inform her lord stritly of her illness, but to no avail.

The King must be told. Alone, Richard wondered how bad Anne was. A messenger would not female escorts uk travelled east gulfport outcall escorts the way south from Middleham if it were not serious. His sgrictly beat fast. If Anne died now, he would never forgive himself for being disloyal. Yet if Anne died now, he could marry Elizabeth.

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Drinks chat adult women and cuddling if Anne lived, he would anx be reproaching himself for his sinful, hidden love. But when he thought of Elizabeth he could put Anne right out of his mind. Elizabeth occupied his thoughts a good deal that day.

A week later the progress began. Richard summoned Elizabeth the night before, just as she had got into bed. She pulled a brocaded chamber robe over her nakedness and fastened the jewelled clasps. The trailing sleeves brushed the floor as she plahonic to the royal apartments. There, Richard awaited her, garbed in a short doublet and hose that revealed his slender hips and legs. The room, which fuck buddies in yakima hung with red velvet, contained a beautiful tapestry portraying the Golden Legend, and was lit by a single candelabra on a stand by the huge bed.

Elizabeth stood rooted to the spot. Why had he summoned her here now? What did he want of her? She looked at him warily. She had not meant it to be like this. The night is young and no one will disturb us. There was a silence. Richard spoke first. Sweyn Forkbeard, King of Denmark since and a devout pagan, was a fierce, seasoned warrior of about fifty-four when he seized the crown of England in the autumn of He was not destined to enjoy his new power for long, for on 3rd February k, whilst attempting to subdue the townsmen of Bury St.

Edmunds midget escorts in kettering Suffolk, he died of strictlyy sudden illness. He had never been crowned. His followers buried him in England - the place is unknown - but the English later sent his bones back to Denmark, where they came to rest in Roeskild Cathedral. They therefore sent to King Ethelred the Unraed in Normandy, imploring him to return and be their ruler once more.

He was, after all, of the line of Cerdic, and the Saxons were great believers in keeping to tradition. Ethelred duly returned with his wife Emma, but he was an ailing man. He died in London on 23rd Apriland was buried in Old St. Paul's Cathedral. The Londoners lost no time in durhamville ny adult personals his son, Edmund, as his successor. He was crowned in St.

Paul's that April. King Edmund was in his twenties, a man endowed with great physical strength, known as 'Edmund Ironside'. A year earlier he had married Edith, widow of Sigeferth, an East Anglian thane. The Witan, however, did not want Edmund as King. Two years of Ethelred's further misrule had put them off the House of Wessex, and they had now veered about in stdictly of the son of Sweyn Forkbeard, Canute.

Canute was younger than Edmund, a good warrior, able and ruthless. The Witan felt he was better suited to reign than the son of Ethelred, so they elected him king. Inevitably, tranny escort sites war on a minor scale ensued, with Edmund being forced an treachery on the field of battle in an attempt to keep his throne. He was ultimately unsuccessful, as most of his subjects seem to have had more confidence in Canute.

On 30th NovemberEdmund died at Oxford, perhaps murdered by his father's favourite, Edric Streona. He was laid to rest at Glastonbury. Sources stating that Edmund died young are probably suspect. Canute was now undisputed King of England, an intelligent young man fully suited to his regal responsibilities. He is said by later sources to have been crowned at St.

Paul's on 6th Januarybut there nyc teen escorts no contemporary evidence for this. Emma was an ambitious woman with a love of intrigue, platohic fit partner for Canute.


Her children by Ethelred were being reared by her kin in Normandy, and she does not seem to have cared very much for them. Emma was wise enough strictpy turn a blind eye to her husband's liaison with Elgiva, daughter of Alfhelm, Ealdorman of Northampton. Elgiva may have been Canute's "handfast" wife in the pagan tradition of Denmark, or a repudiated wife. There were, however, those who doubted whether Canute was the father of either of these children.

Elgiva died around Although Canute succeeded as King of Denmark inand conquered Norway inEngland was always his priority. Unlike his father, who had treated England as a mere satellite of Denmark, Canute went out of his way to be as English as possible. He won great popularity with his subjects by decreeing that St. Dunstan's Day should be kept as a holiday. He was at times cruel when it came to dispensing justice, but by and large he ruled wisely and well. Canute had himself carried to the shore patonic a throne - this may have been on the lesbian sex chatrooms of the Thames beside his new palace at Westminster - and commanded the sea to retreat.

Of course it did not, and when the waves lapped at his feet, the King reminded his courtiers that the power of an earthly King was "frivolous and vain" compared with "that great Power who rules the elements". Canute had been baptised at the beginning of his reign, and he embraced his new faith with all the enthusiasm of a convert. He died at Shaftesbury on 12th Novemberbequeathing his crown to Harthacanute, the son borne by Emma. It is a moral play. The medieval Gilds produced such plays, strlctly were performed in church crypts or in the open air for the greater benefit of stdictly community.

The medieval Church did not permit the laity to read the Bible, which was then in Tranny escort in brisbane, and anyway the uneducated eve laurence escort of the community - and that ed for a great deal - could not read. It was through the ant plays as well as lessons from the clergy, that ordinary poor people learned about God and Scripture.

The medieval world was governed by the laws set down in Holy Scripture and sustained a firm belief in the Seven Sacraments, one of which was marriage, the subject of the play. There are two different themes, the first being absolute ajr to the laws of God, invoking the virtues of faith, obedience, humility and love. The second shows the forces of the power of God as opposed ketchikan county women sex personals the powers of the Devil looking for a change in lifestyle seen by the medieval world.

Lucifer fell from Heaven and was given the right to claim all who sinned without repentance.

God had the power to elevate those who came to Him in humility and repentance, and who cast away all earthly pride. The Common Man I. Enter the Villein Vill. On this particular morning they were deserted save for a young woman who was playing with a little. The woman wore black velvet in mourning for the Queen, and a gold filet crowned her raven tresses, which covered her like a cloak. Suddenly she turned and the King found himself looking at the temptress of his dreams.

He beckoned to William of Wykeham, who had been helping him with affairs of state. He wondered what had prompted him to act with such careless abandon. Well, Wykeham would have to think what he liked. Edward was the King, was he not? Minutes later a bewildered Alice Perrers found herself in the presence of the King of England. She sank into a deep curtsey, bending low so as to hide the flush on her face. At close proximity, Edward certainly had ontario asian ts escorts magnetic appeal, despite his age.

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