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Golf Clubs or Broadswords?

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Medieval history isn't my main era of interest, so it took the TV series The White Queen to explain the Battle of Barnet and its impact on the Wars of the Roses in England.  Fought on April 14th 1471, this was where Edward IV is said to have led his Yorkist forces against the Lancastrian armies which were loyal to Henry VI.This and the Battle of Tewkesbury secured the throne for Edward IV.

Recently it came to my attention again, because apparently a golf club has decided to use the original battlefield as a land fill site.

What with a king found buried in a Leicester car park, this seemed a little unkind at first, though reading on I find that this is in order to create more greens for the club, so maybe that isn't quite as disrespectful as it may seem. However, a row of oak, ash, hawthorn and hornbeam trees where a hedge was purportedly used as cover by the Lancastrians may be destroyed by the changes.

Many of England's battle sites aren't being honoured in any way,…

Archaic Church Laws

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We all love all those quaint Norman churches in honey-coloured stone scattered through the English countryside. The ones set in a picturesque fields surrounded by lop-sided gravestones outside equally pretty villages.  
Whilst doing research for my next novel, I discovered there is a downside to those Medieval founded churches; an ancient church law which still applies.
The wordsChancel Repair Liabilitymust strike terror into many an English [and Welsh] village dweller. What it means, is that if your Parish church is in need of building repairs, and what church built between the 11th – 15th centuries isn’t? – householders whose properties were historically built on church land can be compelled to pay the cost – no matter how much that might be. 
In Medieval times, when rectors received a tithe from the parish, they were responsible for church repairs. When Henry VIII started dissolving monasteries in 1536, rectory land was sold and the chancel repair liability passed with it. It may not …

Stop Worrying

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An author whose work I enjoy is Susanna Kearsley, who writes timeslip romances linking her characters through time and distance in a spiritual way. I visited her website recently and found some excellent advice for all authors, aspiring, struggling and otherwise:
Stop Worrying

No book or story will ever please everyone. Don’t worry if yours isn’t loved (or even liked) by every reader. How many books do you know of that could be passed around a group of friends, a reading group, a room, and be universally loved? Not many. Remember the tale of the Old Man, the Boy, and the Donkey, and write your own story the way that it wants to be written.

After reading that, I realised I waste too much time second guessing myself and my writing. Ms Kearsley is very wise on this one, because what made me think that everyone who reads my novels, even avid followers of my chosen genre, are going to 'get' what I or my characters are saying?

I checked Ms Kearsley's numerous reviews on Goodreads…

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