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Cambridge (and i'm 24!)

It was my 24th birthday on Saturday, and as myself and the boy had not been to Cambridge for a while, we decided to venture there (accompanied by clear skies and warm air much to our delight!)

We ambled about the beautiful streets, gawping at the University buildings and churches, and wished that we could afford to up sticks and abandon Chelmsford for good. You cannot compare the two burghs and it is a great shame my parents decided to settle for the former Roman settlement.

A couple of snaps of Cambridge's beauty;



I spent a little of my birthday money (a pair of shoes, a pair of owl socks, a t-shirt, 3 CDs and a second-hand book about medieval england), and soon dragged the boy off to the pub where I enjoyed a vodka and coke, and a creme cheese bagel. As the designated driver, he had to make do with a coke (and a huge bowl of chips covered with cheese and bacon), but he did not complain ;)



The rest of my birthday was spent huzzahing over the fact that my OU History course starts …

King Edward III of England Part two - 1323-1326

I had mentioned that this next post would include up to the year 1330, but I later decided to save the first years of the young King's reign for part 3.

By the year 1323, Queen Isabella and King Edward II were spending more time apart and allegedly by 1324 young John and Eleanor had been removed from their mother's care. Her income was also removed. The reason for this, was because there was grave tension between the realms of England and France and Edward simply did not trust his spouse.
What, would young Edward have made of this situation? Would he have sympathised with his mother, or would he have agreed wholeheartedly with his father?

The war of Saint-Sardos (based around English rule in Gascony - the last of the great Angevin empire), was the bubbling undercurrent of tension between Edward II and Charles of France. Charles did not want the English to remain as vassals to this stretch of land and was very eager to settle any disputes between the Gascon subjects and Edwar…

Sunday walk

After days of rain, the south east of England saw some sunshine yesterday so myself and the boy thought we'd go for a lovely walk around Sandford Lock.




^ coat - topshop via a charity shop (£8.99 - exactly the same as Alexa Chung's)
shoes - tesco (£6)
bag - topshop in the sale (£20)

It was windy and a bit muddy, but it was just nice to get a bit of fresh air. I've been ill this past week or so and have not ventured out much... been spending time editing my latest (albeit shortest) novel
Circling Falcons - it is finished, but it'll no doubt have another edit at some point!

I plan on working on something a little different for my next story - Alice Perrers, royal mistress of King Edward III of England will be my new subject - am really looking forward to it!

My next post will be part two in regards to my favourite monarch.