New Year Gift Giving

New Year Gift Giving in the House of Lancaster 1392 Jewels all the Way What value do we put on a man who is more than happy to buy gifts…

The Elusive Face of Katherine de Swynford

What can we say about the Face and Figure of Katherine Swynford, eventually Duchess of Lancaster.  What did she actually look like?  Katherine de Swynford might be the most well…

“Katherine Swynford”

Katherine  Swynford The Iconic 14th Century Love Affair of Katherine, Lady Swynford and John, Duke of Lancaster Although there are well documented portraits of John, Duke of Lancaster, known to…

Medieval Contraception

Medieval contraception – a hit and miss affair. How effective were medieval methods of contraception, when practised by women, to limit the number of unwanted pregnancies?  How widely were such…