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Registration date : 2008-05-27

PostSubject: G'day everyone.   Tue May 27, 2008 7:42 pm

G'day everyone. I found you all when searching for DNB info on Donald of Mar, and up popped your essay on the best of friends.

I have an hons degree in history specialising in medieval studies (thesis entitled "The Chronicle of Jean de Venette and the Crisis of France 1356-60"). After that, I began reading up on Scottish medieval history and the de Brus family, which of course led me into English waters and a soft spot for Edward II.

I'm not writing any books or screenplays (wish I were because the period is so rich!!) but I enjoy trawling through PRO (Public Records Office) volumes and Scots Peerage in the Library and putting bits and pieces of research together of people I am interested in.

Re books mentioned on threads: 'The Greatest Traitor' was sent to me by a friend and I couldn't put it down - sets the standard for popular history books, I think, and I was SO excited to read each page. I am not keen on Alison Weir because she is appallingly inaccurate, and I wouldn't bother her for anything important, or anything really. Aryeh Nusbacher's book on 'The Battle of Bannockburn 1314' should have been better than it was given his background as a military historian, and I wouldn't spend my money twice.

A writer of this period I like is Michael Prestwich who has written so much on 'the Edwards', and with a light hand for an academic. I have his 'Edward I' and '' Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages' which latter leaves Nusbacher for dead. Ah so many books, so little time.
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Location : NRW, Germany
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PostSubject: Re: G'day everyone.   Thu May 29, 2008 8:25 pm

Hi Edwina! Delighted to see you here! Anyone with a soft spot for Ed II, and a fan of Donald of Mar, is very very welcome. Wink I love Donald.

Greatest Traitor is a wonderful book - have you read Ian Mortimer's bio of Ed III? It's also great. But as you say, so many books, so little time! Wink

"Sans lui n'estoit rien fait, et par lui estoit tous fait, et le creoit li rois plus que tout le monde." Without him nothing is done and through him everything is done, and the king trusts him more than any other: Hugh Despenser the Younger and Edward II
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PostSubject: Re: G'day everyone.   Fri May 30, 2008 6:02 pm

Welcome Edwina!

If only we could get paid to read all these books, eh? Make it a full time job! king
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PostSubject: Re: G'day everyone.   Sat May 31, 2008 10:11 am

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