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Edward I's Granddaughters (Hardback)

Murder, Power and Plantagenets

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 14th Century P&S History > Royal History

By Louise Wyatt
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 30 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399006705
Published: 18th May 2023


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Edward I and his offspring, especially Edward II, are not shrouded by the mists of time. Edward I’s two sons and daughter by his second marriage are lesser known, especially the eldest, Thomas Plantagenet of Brotherton. He made no particular impression on history, despite being Earl of Norfolk and Earl Marshal, but Thomas did father three children. Of these, only one is usually remembered: Margaret of Norfolk. Indomitable, defiant, respected and fiercely intelligent, she defied her cousin Edward III more than once and outlived most of her family. Her brother Edward of Norfolk died young but her sister, Alice of Norfolk, survived childhood. But not for long.

In 1338, by the time she was fourteen, Alice was married to Sir Edward Montagu, younger brother of the famous earl of Salisbury, William Montagu and Bishop of Ely, Simon Montagu. Edward was a warrior knight at Crecy, involved in the wars with Scotland, loyal to his brother and his king. The marriage produced five children within a decade, but by 1350 Edward Montagu was showing his dark side and was part of the knightly criminal gangs that terrorised local areas. One day in June 1351, Alice of Norfolk paid the price.

Despite being a Plantagenet, daughter of an earl, granddaughter, niece and cousin to kings, Alice of Norfolk has mostly been forgotten. Even looking at contemporary records, Alice hardly features apart from land and property dealings with her husband. A dusty reference to the unfortunate circumstances of her death marks the end of her life and one which will more than likely remain a mystery.

A brilliant and informative history that rescues from an undeserved obscurity the lives and times of King Edward's grandchildren, "Edward I's Granddaughters: Murder, Power and Plantagenets" by Louise Wyatt is an extraordinary and inherently fascinating study that is a particularly and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library British Royal History/Biography collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in British Royalty that "Edward I's Granddaughters: Murder, Power and Plantagenets" is also readily available in a digital book format.

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About Louise Wyatt

Louise Wyatt has loved history since discovering Dunster Castle in Somerset aged six years old. Reading and writing as soon as school started, Louise has published three local history books between 2017 and 2018 and more recently, A History of Nursing. A registered nurse and author, medieval history is a particular passion, with nursing history from antiquity onwards coming a close second.

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