There is lots of material that didn’t make it into the book, but I found it fascinating. I never knew history could be so interesting – it certainly wasn’t at school. So I thought you might find it interesting too.

The Haxey Hood: A strange ritual that persists to this day, in memory of the day the Lady Alina lost her hat in the wind.

The Story of the Book: Here are excerpts from this book on the position of books in medieval society.

The Hanged Man: Alina’s grandfather hanged a man who didn’t stay dead.

Castle Building: The 13th & 14th centuries were a time of major castle building in Wales.

The Pacification of the Welsh, part 1, part 2 & part 3: When William the Conqueror conquered England, he didn’t conquer Wales. It took two hundred years before Edward I finally conquered the whole of the country.



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