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#Bookaday - June 4th - Least favourite book by your favourite author
Helen Hollick is one of my favourite Historical authors; she brought King Harold, Edward the Confessor, Queen Emma and King Arthur to life, but alas, its the final book in her Pendragon's banner trilogy that wins this award.
The story simply was not as strong as The Kingmaking and Pendragon's banner, and it is for that reason only, that i have chosen this book.
Two gigs in two years is awesome for me! Usually, the bands I like either don't tour or choose ridiculous venues whereby tickets disappear like gold dust, so I was very happy when a) I found out The Pigeons were touring (see what I did there ;)), and b), that they'd chosen the Electric Ballroom in Camden which isn't too far away.
We started the day in The Imperial War museum, as I've wanted to go there for ages, and it was incredible, especially the Holocaust exhibition and the 'Secret War' section. It was so big we didn't have time to see everything, but we'll definitely return at some point.
After that it was time for some food and drink, and of course it had to be a Spoons (The Ice Wharf in Camden to be precise), and it was lovely - sun, wine, lots of happy people (I almost didn't want to leave!) But of course we had to, and at around 7.15p.m we found ourselves in this awesome, dark nightclub drinking cider and beer - eagerly awaiting The Pigeons…
Back in May, we travelled to Hertfordshire to visit Berkhamsted's Norman motte-and-bailey castle.
Originally a motte-and-bailey then, this was thrown up after the battle of Hastings in order to monitor the route from the Midlands to London - serving as a strategic fortification for William I. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, mentions Berkhamsted as the place where the archbishop of York, Edgar aetheling, earl Edwin and earl Morcar, surrendered to William (they probably didn't have any choice):
'He (William) went up with all the army that was left to him, and those who had since come over the sea, and ravaged all the parts he went over, until he came to Berkhamsted. There he was met by archbishop Aldred, child Edgar, eorl Edwin, eorl Morkere and all the best men of London'
So was Berkhamsted castle thrown up before or after the men surrendered? Well, before it was held by Robert of Mortain (William's younger half-brother), Domesday Book reveals that the town was held by Ea…
The village of Orford, Suffolk, is a tranquil place, about twenty miles north-east from Ipswich. Once a port to rival Ipswich's, also not far from the imposing Framlingham Castle which sits fourteen miles north, the Castle was built under King Henry II's orders between 1165-1173, before the great rebellion that saw Queen Eleanor and three of his sons rise up against him.
Going back to the reasons for it's construction, it seems to be because of the powerful Bigod family (who held Framlingham, more or less dominating East Anglia), and Henry likely wished to make his mark on the land. The Bigods themselves appear (to me, at least), quite arrogant. During the anarchy (1135-1154), Hugh Bigod, sided with Stephen of Blois against the Empress Matilda, however was quick to seize Norwich Castle when hearing a rumour that Stephen had died (this was in fact, false). The same Hugh was also dissatisfied when Henry II himself succeeded the throne, even though he was awarded the earldom …