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Probe the past for the wisdom of life’s experiences, truth lurks in our history. Look to history to see the past, then apply the lessons to be learnt to the present and to the future, for it is in the past that the best clues to a future world lurk

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The Ladies of the Forest

Nicholaa and Matilda - Be wary in the woods - The she-cat keepers of King John's lands have sharp talons. A novel by Austin Hernon.

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Robert the Wayward Prince - Book 1

Three princes - one crown. Which of William The Conqueror's sons will inherit the richest and most envied prize in Europe - the crown of the English? William the Conqueror, King by right of battle, seeks to extend his domain into an empire.

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Robert the Wayward Prince - Book 2

In Warriors of the Cross we hear the narrative of a man who led his own army southwards from Normandy; the story of Robert, Duke of Normandy, with his experiences told in his own words.

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Robert the Wayward Prince - Book 3

The story of Robert and Sybil’s son, William. Pitched as a child, into the post civil war period of King Henry’s usurpation of the crown of England, young William is rescued from certain assassination and taken to Flanders.

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Probe the past for the wisdom of life’s experiences: truth hides in our history. A sense of the past explains the present and foretells the future. Chinese proverb.

History – boring? Two words often intertwined but the real case is the opposite.

History contains all the triumphs and mistakes of the past, the glories and the disasters, the benign and the terrible.

For all our rapid advances, the human animal still manages to display the characteristics of long ago, often assisted by technology, for good or evil.

The innate nature of man has not changed as rapidly as the world around him, producing a strange compound of two-thousand-year-old beliefs set in a hi-tech world undreamt of only one hundred years ago, or even less.

Look to history to see the past, then apply the lessons to be learnt to the present and to the future, for it is in the past that the best clues lurk to a future world.

Robert The Wayward Prince – The Norman Princes Trilogy

Robert: born c1054. William Rufus: born 1058. Henry: born 1068.

Robert, known as Curthose by his father William the Conqueror, was the natural successor to the title of Duke of Normandy and, in many people’s eyes, the English crown. Robert and his father spent a lot of time at odds with each other. King William bemoaned his eldest son’s lack of stature, lack of ambition, and disdain for his father’s obsessive expansionist ambitions. Robert didn’t much care. Built like a rugby forward, deadly on horseback, a charmer with the ladies and supported by his mother, Queen Matilda, Robert pretty much went his own way, interspersed with unexpected episodes of cooperation with his father.

William the second son, known as Rufus because of his red hair, was a favourite with his father; surprising as he was as flamboyant as he was gay, hardly the material from which dynasties are formed.

Henry, known as Beauclerc because of his propensity for study, was the youngest son and as such unlikely to inherit any major titles, except those granted by his elder brothers. Lecherous and greedy, this state of affairs left Henry restless…

The Crown of the English, which William, Duke of Normandy, had expected to accede to on the death of Edward the Confessor in early 1066 – many historians think there was an agreement between the two men – was won in battle instead, the Battle of Hastings. This method of succession gave sufficient reason for William to ignore the convention of handing down the crown to his eldest son, Robert – and so was borne the dark potential for conflict on William’s own death, and in the decades beyond.

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