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A Book of Medieval Outlaws  

edited by Thomas H. Ohlgren

 

Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Al Capone - these are criminals who robbed and killed, yet they were considered good outlaws, who were celebrated in sensational newspapers, newsreels and dime novels of the day, and later in film and television, for their daring, courage, loyalty and even chivalry. While some medieval outlaws, such as Robin Hood and William Wallace, remain folk heroes to this day, others are much less familiar - Earl Godwin, Eustache the Monk, Fouke Fitz Waryn, An Bow-Bender, Gamelyn and William of Cloudesley. All were driven to lives of crime as victims of political intrigue or legal injustice. They committed capital crimes punishable by death, but, paradoxically, were loved, encouraged and supported by their communities. These tales are of interest to the general reader and student alike.


 

 

 

 

Lords of the White Castle  

by Elizabeth Chadwick

Short listed for the Parker Romantic Novel of the Year 2002.

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Read Elizabeth Chadwick's latest novel. Based on a true story - the Fitzwarin family were Welsh Marcher barons, feuding for decades with the de Powys family over the ownership of Whittington Castle. Fulke is a squire who alienates Prince John when he beats him at chess and jousting. King Richard agrees Whittington Castle belongs to the Fitzwarins and starts the official paperwork, but dies before it is finished. King John is happy to reverse the decision and give it to the de Powys family. Fulke fights Morys de Powys and is wounded. He is nursed back to health by Mathilda, whom he's known since childhood and who is married to a man much older than herself, though he is ill. Fulke and Mathilda eventually marry and continue the fight for the Fitzwarin home.

 

Shadows and Strongholds 

by Elizabeth Chadwick

A Mediaeval tale of pride and strife, of coming of age in a world where chivalry is a luxury seldom afforded, especially by men of power. An awkward misfit, loathed by his powerful and autocratic grandmother, nine-year-old Fulke FitzWarin leaves his family to be fostered in the household of Joscelin de Dinan, Lord of Ludlow. Here Fulke will learn knightly arts, but before he can succeed, he must overcome the deep-seated doubts that hold him back. Hawise FitzWarin is Joscelin's youngest daughter and she befriends Fulke. As they grow up, an implacable enemy threatens Ludlow and as the pressure mounts, their friendship changes until one fateful day they find themselves staring at each other across a divide. Not only does Fulke have to overcome the shadows of his childhood, he faces a Welsh threat to his family's lands, and the way he feels about Hawise endangers all his hard won confidence. As the menace to Ludlow intensifies, he must either confront the future head on, or fail on all counts, not knowing if Hawise stands with or against him.

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Graham Phillips – Historical Detective

 

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Graham Phillips has been described as an historical detective, a modern-day adventurer and a real-life Indiana Jones. Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, Graham’s findings are always original and thought provoking and his books make an exciting read.

  

 

 

The Mystery of the Marian Chalice

The Keys to Avalon  

by Steve Blake and Scott Lloyd

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This text finally reveals the true birthplace of Arthur and establishes a radical view of the history of Ancient Britain. The authors relocate the myths of Arthur and Avalon and place them firmly in the reality of the geographical landscape of North Wales.

 


The Medieval Garden  

by Sylvia Landsberg

 

As well as food and medicine, the medieval garden provided pleasure, repose and refreshment to the senses. From detailed manuscript descriptions and illustrations, this work presents a picture of the various styles of medieval garden from the small enclosed herber to vast cultivated parks of royalty..

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Two Medieval Outlaws - The Romances of Eustace the Monk and Fouke Fitz Waryn
Read about the exploits of Fulk Fitswarine which help to explain the connection with the Robin Hood Legend.
The Outlaws of Medieval History
In this book Maurice Keen explains the popularity of these figures and looks at how the stories appealed to the common people of the Middle Ages. The author also discusses their origins, spirit and background including Fulk Fitswarine and Robin Hood amongst others. 

Local History

Historic Oswestry
History of Oswestry
The Domesday Book:Vol 25- Shropshire
The Victoria History of the Counties of England: a History of the County of Shropshire

 

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