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Excellent news to spread....

I have some exciting news to share and a few wondeful posts to recommend. Firstly, Kathryn Warner's much awaited biography of Isabella of France is out. You can read about it on Edward II Blog and purchase it here or here. It is not our intention to boast, but Henry the Young King's secretary and author of this blog has been mentioned in the acknowledgements, which made her feel deeply honoured and proud. Thank you, Kathryn!

Secondly, Happy Birthday to Mr Richard Willis, who celebrates his birthday today. We will never forget and always be grateful for his kind support when Henry the Young King Blog "big" project was launched :-). Here are a few of Mr Willis' posts on the family we are keenly interested in: Empress Matildathe rival CapetiansKing JohnWilliam Marshal's father John FitzGilbert. Highly recommendable!
Thirdly, there are a few posts to be mentioned. Absolutely fantastic Q&A session by Author Elizabeth Chadwick and Professor David Crouch, bo…

"As the South Wind Which Blows in May..." Marie, Countess of Champagne (1145-1198)

Since my lady of Champagne wishes me to undertake to write a romance, I shall very gladly do so, being so devoted to her service as to do anything in the world for her, without any intention of flattery. But if one were to introduce any flattery upon such an occasion, he might say, and I would subscribe to it, that this lady surpasses all others who are alive, just as the south wind which blows in May or April is more lovely than any other wind.... I will say, however, that her command has more to do with this work than any thought or pains that I may expend upon it. Here Chretien begins his book about the Knight of the Cart. The material and the treatment of it are given and furnished to him by the Countess...
Thus began Chr├ętien de Troyes in the opening lines of his Le Chevalier de la charrette [Lancelot, The Knight of the Car]. The Countess he mentioned was Henry the Young King's elder sister Marie of Champagne who died 818 years ago, on 11 March 1198, aged fifty-three.


The weddi…

5 March 1173: "By the Example of the Undutiful Absalom" Henry the Young King Escapes From His Father....

On 5 March 1133, a son, Henry was born to Empress Matilda, the daughter and heiress of King Henry I of England and Count Geoffrey V of Anjou, called le Bel. He was to become the ruler of the empire stretching from the Scottish border in the north to the Pyrenees in the south, the latter thanks to his highly lucrative marriage with the greatest heiress of the 12th century, the former queen of France, Eleanor, the duchess of Aquitaine in her own right. The couple was to have eight children together, seven of whom survived infancy. 
                                 Absalom leaving David's court. Maciejowski Bible, 13th century
Exactly 40 years later, Henry's eldest son and heir triggered the war that was to go down in history as the Great Revolt of 1173-74. On 5 March 1173, Henry the Young King, under cover of the dark (with all probability before daybreak), slipped past the castle guards and escaped from Chinon Castle, where, on his father’s order, he was held - there is no bette…