• Joanna Plantagenet

    Joanna Plantagenet was Queen of Sicily, and the Countess of Toulouse. She was the daughter of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, born in October 1165. She died on 4 September 1199. At age eleven, Joanna (or Joan) wed William II, King of Sicily. Widowed at 24, she was held under house arrest for […]

  • Facts and fiction… leaving dead sheep in your garden will get you a fine!

    I spotted this little factoid in Land and People in Medieval Lincolnshire by Graham Platts, proving that there were strange crimes even back in the Middle Ages: “…Richard of Grayingham, an apparently prosperous butcher in the parish of St. Mary le Wigford, left forty dead sheep with flesh and hides on them in his garden, […]