Lady Despenser's Scribery - Introduction
- This small corner of the web concentrates mainly on the life and times of Hugh Despenser the younger, as well as the reign of Edward II and the fourteenth century in general. It contains snippets of some (though certainly not all) of the research I have done in order to write a novel about him (and hopefully, later, a biography as well). Oh yes, some 21st century stuff sneaks its way in too, from time to time!
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Map of the Marcher Lordships at Partition of the de Clare Lands in Nov 1317
I'm a bit late with this post this week, I afraid - between work, Cheltenham Literature Festival and checking on some neglected looking horses in the vicinity, I've not been at my desk much. I had planned to do a post on the second part of Hugh's rise to power 1317-1318, but midway through I realised that what I really needed to do was to make a map of all the Marcher Lordships in Wales - detailing (as far as possible) who owned what. Hopefully this should make the next few posts a bit clearer! Some lordships have been left blank either because they don't have much bearing on the political situation at this time or because so far I've not been able to trace the lords responsible.
Anyway - here is the first map - a great tribute to felt tip pens and pencil crayons! From it you should be able to see (if you can read my hand-written scrawl) just what lands Hugh, Audley and Damory inherited from the de Clare estate (click on the image to make it larger).