Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merry Christmas - Past and Present

Christmas 1307 and Christmas 2007 how life very rarely changes! In December 1307 Edward II was keeping court in and around Westminster where he and his council were facing a crisis. He had signed a treaty to go to France and marry Isabella daughter of Philip IV. Edward did not wish to go and he had no real desire to marry Isabella, much preferring to stay at home with his good friend Peter Gaveston.

Bearing in mind my recent publication of 'The Templar', Edward of England was resisting attempts by France and the Papacy to force him to arrest all Templars in England. If only Edward had held his ground that great mysterious order might never have been extinguished…. It's lovely to ruminate about the past and ask, "what if?"

In the meantime, I wish all my readers and those who visit this site a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2008.

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At December 20, 2007 at 10:55 AM , Blogger Ignazio Alessandro said...

Dear Sir, are you sure that the Templars really was extinguished in the early XIV century?
Merry Christmas and happy new year to all the readers of Paul Doherty and to all who appreciate historical whodunnits.

At December 22, 2007 at 11:43 AM , Blogger Sophia said...

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to Paul Doherty and all his readers.Keep the historical whodunnits coming in 2008 please Mr Doherty,especially the Medieval ones.I can't get enough of them!

At December 23, 2007 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Ignazio Alessandro said...

Of course, merry Christmas to Paul Doherty also.

At February 10, 2008 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Gillian said...

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