Monthly Archives: September 2011

Royalty Free Fiction

The de Lacy Inheritance is featuring at Royalty Free Fiction  It’s an excellent site run by fellow author Deborah Swift and features historical novels that are about ‘ordinary’ people rather than the well known kings and queens.  Lots of good … Continue reading

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How Pontefract got its name

I’ve been working on my research into the history of the de Lacy family today and discovered some interesting suggestions about how Pontefract got its name: Although there is no record of a place named Pontefract in the Domesday Book, … Continue reading

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Cockersand Abbey

It’s been Heritage Open weekend and on Saturday I went to see Cockersand Abbey, which lies on a remote coastal plain of Lancashire where the river Lune flows into Morecambe Bay. There isn’t a lot to see as most of what … Continue reading


The tomb of Henry de Lacy, earl of Lincoln, lost in the Great Fire of London.

It had been a long, hot summer in 1666 and the city of London was crowded with overhanging wooden buildings that were tinder dry.  Legend suggests that someone was a little careless in a bakery on Pudding Lane, although the … Continue reading

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