By the time of reign of King Edward III of England, some of the Angevin Empire had been lost. Edward still retained the Duchy of Aquitaine, the legacy of Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of King Henry II. Edward held the duchy as a vassal of the French King Philip VI. When he did not fulfill his duties as vassal, Philip seized the valuable asset, rightly angering Edward.
The years teach much which the days never knew. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
~ T.S. Eliot, 1943
*The photo of Stonehenge was taken by me on my first trip to England in 1985 with my Olympus OM1.
Today, I am welcoming medievalist and author Catherine Hanley to Sarah's History. I have enjoyed chatting with Catherine since we met on twitter last year, and after reviewing her first novel The Sins of the Father I became a big fan of her writing. Over to Catherine!
-Nicola de la Haye
In May 1217 the realm of England was in chaos.
I've been giving a great deal of thought to the historical PR that dominated the latter half of the twentieth century recently. In particular, the carefully fostered impression that the US and the UK were centuries' long allies with a 'special relationship' and all that--a mindset that was, of course, born out of the vicissitudes of two World Wars...
It's a thing I think about a great deal, actually.
Blogs are always started with the best intention. A writer feels they have something to share, something that could enrich a reader out there in the stratosphere of the internet.
The funny thing is you see this a lot around the newly published, both self-published and professionally published. Did I say “a lot” in that last sentence? Good, because I meant to say “a lot.” And usually on these newly minted blogs there will be a few posts about their book, their experience writing it, and a few helpful suggestions and then… nothing.