I spent last Christmas at the court of a certain young king I’m rather fond of. I was meeting him in Devil's Brood, the second part of Sharon Kay Penman’s wonderful Angevin Trilogy. This is the best and the most complete portrait of the Young Henry ever. Make yourself a wonderful Christmas gift and purchase the book.
I would also like to recommend my friend Richard’s two very well written texts concerning accordingly the Norman Vexin and Henry the Young King’s youngest brother, John, whose birthday we celebrate on 24 December although 27 December (the feast day of St. John the Evangelist) is another probable date.
I’m planning to spend the upcoming Christmas in the company of the three lovely ladies: Kathryn Warner who wrote at length about Edward II’s Christmas celebrations (you will find the texts here, here, here and here); Anerje, who is Piers Gaveston’s champion and wrote a brilliant The 12 Days of Christmas According to Piers; and Gabrielle, who has managed to evoke precious memories of my teenage years spent with Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen, and other polar explorers. To read Gabrielle’s fascinating posts click here and here .
Merry Christmas! And fruitful reading!