Tag: Plantagenets

The Eleanor Crosses

Edward I of England and his queen, Eleanor of Castile, were deeply devoted to one another.  Their marriage, like most marriages at the time, was pure rooted in pragmatic politics.  Henry III, Edward’s father, was having a dispute with Eleanor’s half brother Alphonso over claims to the duchy of Gascony.  A deal was struck that […]

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The White Ship Disaster

On November 25, 1120 the newly refitted vessel the White Ship captained by Thomas FitzStephen White Ship sank in the English Channel near the Normandy coast off Barfleur. Only one of those aboard survived. William Adelin, the only legitimate son and heir of King Henry I of England, his half-sister Matilda, and his half-brother Richard […]

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Eustace the Monk-   Sorcerer, Monk, Pirate, Admiral and Legend

Born in 1170 near Boulogne, France, Eustace was the younger son of Baudoin Busket, a lord of the county of Boulogne.  His upbringing was typical until he traveled to Toledo, Spain as a youth where he is rumored to have studied black magic.  According to the contemporary work, Histoire des Ducs de Normandie, “No one […]

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The Saintonge War

  In previous posts, we have discussed the throne of England was intertwine with the family of the Lusignans, mainly through the link of Isabella of Angouleme.  For more information please see posts:     and   In 1241, the Dowager Queen of England and the mother of the present king, Isabella of Angouleme, encouraged […]

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