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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, both experts in the life and career of William Marshal. Iluminating post about Henry II and less known aspect of his reign - he himself never took Jerusalem road, but, as I am reading, played an important part in saving the citizens when the Holy City was surrendered to Saladin in 1187. Also my post about one very special tower written for Gianna Baucero's blog. Thank you for your kind invitation, Gianna!

Finally, a little bird told us that our friend Ulrik Kristiansen is currently working on the third part of his wonderful Henry the Young King/Eleanor of Aquitaine series. We are looking forward to reading about the part Eleanor played in instigating the Great Revolt of 1173-74. Here you can read Part I and Part II.

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  1. Thank you for the lovely mention, Kasia! :)

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    1. It is me who says "Thank you!", dear Kathryn! :) Looking forward to reading the book.

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  2. Lovely post. Congratulations to Kathryn. Shared xx

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    1. Thank you for spreading the word, Marsha! :)

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  3. At last my copy of Kathryn's book has arrived! Looking forward to more on Henry and his mother Eleanor!

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    1. Enjoy your time spent in Queen Isabella's company, Anerje!:)

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