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April Recommendations and Blog Break

Henry the Young King Blog is taking a break till around 22nd April, but before we say “Goodbye!” to our readers we would like to recommend a few blogposts dealing with Henry the Young King's April anniversaries, and a few brilliant texts by our friends and fellow bloggers.

Here they are:

Our last year's post about eventful 1st April and about Henry the Young King's whereabouts on 10 April 1155.

Wonderful post by our friend Richard Willis about Richard I's death (6 April 1199).

Smash hit by the author Elizabeth Chadwick here (about the new BBC production on William Marshal).

Fascinating and “exotic” post by Edward II's champion, Kathryn Warner, about the Saracens and a Gascon at Edward's court.

Brilliant post by our friend Anerje about creative, inventive and deliberately insulting Piers Gaveston :-)

Highly interesting post by our friend Gabriele about the place where Henry the Young King's brother-in-law, Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, had his famous Gospels created.

I would also like to recommend a new site about Robert Curthose by the author Austin Hernon. If you are eager to learn more about William the Conqueror's son it is well worth visiting.

We would like to say big “Thank you!” to Ms. Marsha Lambert, our friend and benefactor, for all the links and recommendations. Marsha wrote a brilliant review of Mr Hernon's novel, Robert the Wayward Prince, here. Enjoy!


And here's our goodbye Henry the Young King quote:

“… no sooner was the helmet on his head than he assumed a lofty air, and became impetuous, bold and fiercer than any wild beast” 


Gerald of Wales: On Henry II and his Sons, from the Topography of Ireland, chapters 49-50












Comments

  1. Thanks for linking to my post, Kasia, and so many others to read! :-) Have a nice break and see you soon!

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    1. You are most welcome, Kathryn! I have found your post so fascinating that I had to share it with Henry's readers.

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  2. I started with the post by Elizabeth Chadwick, incl comments. Fascinating! I'm taking notes of everything that happened in & around Winchester as we will spend 5 days there this Sept, which I am ecstatic about!! Thanks Kasia & enjoy your well-deserved break.

    warm wishes, Joan

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    1. Thank you, dear Joan! When in England Henry spent a lot of his time in Winchester (his second coronation took place in the cathedral) so perhaps you will be able to find him somehow during your trip :-)

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    2. The Hammers and Anvils post is simply fascinating. I was really disappointed to find out that we wouldn't see Ms Chadwick in the BBC2 production. I would love to listen to her talk about William.

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  3. Hello dear friend. I hope you enjoy your break. A fabulous post of recommendations. And a big thank you for my mention. You are so sweet. I will be sharing in the usual places on facebook. :) Take care!!! xx

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    1. Thank you, Marsha! Although, there will never be enough "Thank you!" when you are concerned :-)

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  4. Enjoy your break, and I wish you a Happy Easter. I'll be off to Nuremberg just when you return. :-)

    And thanks for the link to my post.

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    1. You are most welcome, Gabriele! Happy Easter to you, too :-)

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    2. Thanks Kasia for the mention - I'm afraid I neglect Piers' blog too much - time restraints. I do like your description of him - 'deliberately insulting' - as I am sure he would:> Enjoy your break! Looking forward to learning more about the Young King soon!

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    3. You are most welcome, Anerje! I knew you would like "deliberately insulting" :-) Thanks to you and Kathryn I have come to know Piers as a witty, confident and charming young man :-) (and above all hard to resist).

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