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Lowden Hall
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Almack's
Carriages
Towcester
Dunstable
St. Mary's Guildhall
Monk's Heath
St. Michael's Church in Stone
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Reviews of BLIND FORTUNE by Joanna Waugh

WRITING TO READ: "Blind Fortune captures the reader’s heart"

Blind Fortune captures the reader’s heart

Blind Fortune, by Joanna Waugh is a most engaging historical romance set in 19th Century England. Within the first few pages, Waugh captivated me. I had to read more. Blind from birth, Lady Fortuna…

BLIND FORTUNE by Joanna Waugh

review of BLIND FORTUNE by Joanna Waugh : All that readers want in a Regency...with a twist! -- Reviewed by Dot Dittman

"It was a lovely journey to watch[Charles' and Fortuna's] initial antagonism and sniping slowly turn to...friendship, and then to a surprisingly sensual awareness..."

Review for Blind Fortune

I have posted my review at SaSR Group. But for those who are not members there here is the review! It is a wonderful book! Title: Blind Fortune Author: Joanna Waugh Publisher: Cerridwen Press Buy Link: http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-4525-423-blind-fortune.aspx Rating: You NEED to Read (4.75 of 5) Reviewed by: MarthaE Blurb: They say love is blind, but Lady Fortuna Morley doesn’t believe it. Sightless since birth, she can think of only one reason a gentleman would wed her—for the dowry and…

All About Romance review of BLIND FORTUNE

All About Romance review of BLIND FORTUNE

All About Romance review of BLIND FORTUNE

"With skillful scripting, Joanna Waugh exposes the depth and personality of each of her characters...This is definitely a wonderfully detailed Regency romance that will woo historical enthusiasts..."

Blind Fortune

"Joanna Waugh has done a wonderful job of writing about true love...overcoming all adversities..."

Blind Fortune

Book Title: Blind Fortune Author: Joanna Waugh Publisher: Cerridwen Press Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/ ISBN: 978-1-41991-763-9 Genre: Historical Romance Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx Lady Fortuna Morley has made a sound plan for herself and her cousin, to be spinsters for the rest of their lives, living alone. This plan develops a lot of holes in it when her cousin becomes infatuated with Charles’ friend and they end up engaged. Now Fortuna…

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This fellow is how I imagined Viscount St. John (Sinjin) in BLIND FORTUNE to look, only more blond.

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The men are wearing couture . I will give cookies to the guys that try these looks and pull it off....

I envisioned Letty Ashford in BLIND FORTUNE as looking like Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the Queen Mum).

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I envisioned Juliana Ashford in BLIND FORTUNE as looking like Charity Wakefield.

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Rupert Evans is the way I pictured Reverend Richard Hammond in BLIND FORTUNE.

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(Jason Lewis is Charles Lowden, the Marquess of Granville in BLIND FORTUNE.)  "Leticia’s sigh was wistful. 'His coloring is very similar to my sister’s. And those golden locks! A veritable halo around his head. With eyes the color of a summer sky.' She grasped Fortuna’s hand and gave it an excited squeeze. 'When he and Juliana stand side-by-side, they simply dazzle!'  'Adonis to our little Aphrodite. What beautiful children they will breed,' Fortuna wryly observed, squeezing back."

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Rachelle Lafevre is the way Lady Fortuna Morley looks.) "She looked to be only a year or two past her majority, yet firmly planted in spinsterhood if the dress she wore was any indication. And that corkscrew red hair! It frizzed around an unimpressive face sprinkled with freckles. Then a ray of sunlight burst through the drawing room windows and, in stunned shock, Charles watched Lady Fortuna’s temple curls and the braided knot atop her head, transform into burnished copper."

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Lowden Hall

"No, not a vine—an espaliered fruit tree, clinging to the bricks in bas-relief. Before she could investigate further, Balor dropped a stick into her lap and laid his muzzle across Fortuna’s knees. 'The wall behind you is hollow,' a familiar voice rumbled overhead. 'Fireplaces are built inside to heat it, so the fruit trees can grow year-round.'  Fortuna bolted upright. While Balor barked a noisy welcome, she tugged her shawl tighter over her breasts and tried to calm her skittering pulse."

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"Up against the wall next to the window, Fortuna folded her hands behind her hips and leaned her head back against the cool stones. With Balor lounging at her feet, She did her best to ignore the hurtful conversation taking place on the terrace, as well as the panic roiling around inside her. Instead, she focused on the masculine voices wafting from the dining room."

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The beautiful interiors of Osterley House by Robert Adam. The colors and neoclassical forms are reminiscent of Wedgwood's jasperware.

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(Lowden Hall's dining room is decorated with wall panels like these.) “'This is a magnificent room, my lord,' Lady Ashford piped up. 'I very much prefer the Grecian style.' 'As did my mother. She redecorated in here shortly before she died. The molded wall and ceiling reliefs aren’t the usual plaster. They’re Jasperware, by Josiah Wedgwood.' 'Wedgwood!' Juliana echoed in a faint voice. 'The entire room?' Fortuna could almost hear the abacus beads clicking in her cousin’s head."

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(Lowden Hall's dining room is decorated with wall panels like these.) “'This is a magnificent room, my lord,' Lady Ashford piped up. 'I very much prefer the Grecian style.' 'As did my mother. She redecorated in here shortly before she died. The molded wall and ceiling reliefs aren’t the usual plaster. They’re Jasperware, by Josiah Wedgwood.' 'Wedgwood!' Juliana echoed in a faint voice. 'The entire room?' Fortuna could almost hear the abacus beads clicking in her cousin’s head."

Wedgwood Plaques and Medallions like these adorn the walls of Lowden Hall's dining room.

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"Striding down the side of the piano, Charles swung Fortuna onto its lid... Charles tucked her nightgown around her limbs and stepped back. “Lie down, with your head toward the music stand.” He then returned to the piano stool. Releasing the buttons of his jacket, he sat and ran through a set of scales to limber his fingers. As the notes reverberated through the mahogany lid, Fortuna uttered a small cry of surprise and turned her wide, cat’s eyes his direction."

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In BLIND FORTUNE, Lowden Hall's front entrance looks like Lyme Park Courtyard.

The Palladian courtyard at Lyme Park, Cheshire, designed by Italian architect Giacomo Leoni and built 1727-1734, with chequered paving added in the early C20th

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"Somewhere up ahead, Charles and his childhood friend were conducting her cousins down a line of classic busts mounted on pedestals...Tinkling laughter drifted down to Fortuna on a fitful breeze redolent with the scent of sweet briar. She cocked her bonnet and observed, 'Juliana’s in a festive mood today.' 'Yes,' Sinjin said. He led Fortuna into a vine-draped pergola erected at one end of the path. The transition from late afternoon sun to cool shade felt soothing on her overheated cheeks."

"Somewhere up ahead, Charles and his childhood friend were conducting her cousins down a line of classic busts mounted on pedestals...Tinkling laughter drifted down to Fortuna on a fitful breeze redolent with the scent of sweet briar. She cocked her bonnet and observed, 'Juliana’s in a festive mood today.' 'Yes,' Sinjin said. He led Fortuna into a vine-draped pergola erected at one end of the path. The transition from late afternoon sun to cool shade felt soothing on her overheated cheeks."

"When they finally reached the grotto, Charles ducked through its low, arched stone doorway and came to an abrupt halt. He’d forgotten how cold and damp the place was, even in the best of weather. His gaze roamed over the shell and coral encrusted rock walls. They were pocked by green mold. From the rear of the cave-like structure came the sound of trickling water."

"When they finally reached the grotto, Charles ducked through its low, arched stone doorway and came to an abrupt halt. He’d forgotten how cold and damp the place was, even in the best of weather. His gaze roamed over the shell and coral encrusted rock walls. They were pocked by green mold. From the rear of the cave-like structure came the sound of trickling water."

(Lowden Hall's kitchen in BLIND FORTUNE looks something like this.) "A half hour later, Balor had dragged Fortuna down the servant’s stairs, through the bustling basement kitchen and out into the garden. The spring morning air still held a bite, as well as a hint of mist. The strong scent of coal smoke mingled with the musty odor of damp earth."

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Lowden Hall in BLIND FORTUNE looks like this. (Chatsworth House)

Chatsworth House & Fountain © John Hall

South end of the house, viewed from the end of the lake.

The music room at Chatsworth House. In BLIND FORTUNE, Charles played the piano while sightless Lady Fortuna lay on top of it.

Chatsworth House

We have seen a great number of royal and other palaces and great houses in the past several months. For me, Chatsworth was the best, all-around, so far. It is by no means the largest, oldest, most important, historically, architecturally or artisitically. It's art is just so-so. But it's been lived in and cared for by the same family for 16 generations, and everything in the place is authentic, real, and genuine. No "period" stuff. The care is evident in the narrative and in the renovations…

Ashford House

"From the other side of the room came the soft rattle of china. Fortuna cocked her head. 'Is that a teapot, Letty? I could do with a cup.' Moments later, it was placed in her outstretched hands. Settling the saucer in her lap, she sniffed the air. 'And is that toasted cheese I smell?'  'But of course!' Her companion laughed. 'You’ll find a plate at your right elbow, on the table.'"

Supper Jane Austen Style

The other night I had supper that Jane Austen would have approved of: toasted cheese – in all its simplicity. In 1805, Jane Austen wrote, "We were greatly surprised by Edward Bridge's company...It is impossible to do justice to the hospitality of his attentions towards me; he made a point of ordering toasted cheese for supper, entirely on my account." To make toasted cheese in period style, I used the following recipe by Martha Lloyd, Jane Austen’s dear friend, who lived with her at Chawton…

"Teacup in hand, Charles wandered over to the...striped rosewood sofa drawn up before the fire. With a polite nod to the gentleman seated at the opposite end, he dropped onto it, crossed his booted ankles and stared at the landscape oil painting embedded in the overmantel of the fireplace."

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A fine and important Regency period rosewood and brass marquetry inlaid sofa, with rolled arms and sabre legs terminating in crisply carved paw feet. The back centred by an engraved brass Ducal crest. Circa 1815.

My fictitious Ashford House in BLIND FORTUNE would be similar to this Regency townhouse. (Be sure to click on the image and follow the link to Jane Austen's World for more information about the interior.)

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Almack's

Rachel Knowles has determined the actual size of an Almack's voucher.

A genuine Almack's voucher

What was a coveted voucher for Almack's Assembly Rooms in the Regency period actually like?

“'Success!' Juliana shrieked. 'Look what I have. Delivered by the Countess of Jersey’s footman, tickets for Almack’s! We can go on Wednesday next.'"

Artifacts of a Regency Life

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“'I wish you could see the size of the dance floor,' Letty chattered as they politely shouldered through the crowd. 'A hundred feet long if it’s an inch and half as wide. I can’t tell from this distance but the walls appear to be covered in patterned blue silk, interspersed with gilt columns and pilasters. And the mirrors! Floor to ceiling, on every other panel.'"

In Search of Almack’s

The other evening, I was browsing through old books and periodicals, when I stumbled across an article on Almack’s in “The Illustrated London News,” 1843. The text was hopelessly blurred and had r…

The exterior of Almack's  (Be sure to click on this image and follow the link to Susann Ives' blog about Almack's. She has a floor plan and description of the interior.)

In Search of Almack’s

The other evening, I was browsing through old books and periodicals, when I stumbled across an article on Almack’s in “The Illustrated London News,” 1843. The text was hopelessly blurred and had r…

Almack's Assembly Room painting by I.Robert and George Cruikshank entitled "Highest Life in London Tom and Jerry Sporting a Toe among the Corinthians at Almack's in the West."

Almack’s and its Snobbish Patronesses

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Carriages

Uncle Jack's traveling coach from BLIND FORTUNE. (Note: According to the Georgian Index, a coach is "a four-wheel closed vehicle of considerable size drawn by four or six horses...with fixed head, doors and windows."

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In BLIND FORTUNE, Charles' curricle -- the one Juliana & Sinjin eloped in -- looked like this. After the runaways were caught, Fortuna and her brother, Adrian, traveled to Worlington Manor in this vehicle while the others returned to Lowden Hall in Baron Ashford's repaired coach.

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The Marquess of Granville's London post-chaise in BLIND FORTUNE looked like this one.

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Towcester

(Pevensey Castle is how I pictured the ruins of Towcester's old Roman tower.) "He would kiss Juliana tonight, Charles decided as they strolled along Watling Street, south of town. Sometime during their exploration of Towcester’s Roman ruins, he’d take the logical next step in their courtship and fold Juliana in his arms, then press his lips to hers."

(Pevensey Castle is how I pictured the ruins of Towcester's old Roman tower.) "He would kiss Juliana tonight, Charles decided as they strolled along Watling Street, south of town. Sometime during their exploration of Towcester’s Roman ruins, he’d take the logical next step in their courtship and fold Juliana in his arms, then press his lips to hers."

Watling Street (London Road) through Towcester

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(Saracen's Head, Towcester.) "The late afternoon sun hung just beyond Charles’ hat brim as he trotted up Watling Street toward the Saracen’s Head in Towcester. The inn’s clay-tiled roof glowed burnt orange in the light. Feeble rays slid down the building’s brown sandstone exterior to glint off panes in the first floor bow window. Above the solid oak gateway leading into the coachyard, a signboard languidly creaked."

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Watling Street (London Road) in Towcester

Watling Street (London Road) in Towcester

Dunstable

The Priory founded by King Henry I at Dunstable.

Priory Church, Dunstable

King Henry I founded a priory at Dunstable in 1131. In 1259 Dominican friars, known as black friars because of the colour of their costumes arrived in Dunstable. The king granted the prior control of the town. However he had already promised the townspeople the same freedoms as the citizens of London. As a result there were endless arguments over who ran Dunstable. The priors had a gaol, possessed the power of life and death, and sat as judges with the king's justices. In 1533…

(The White Horse Inn in Dunstable.) "Two hours later, the Ashford party ducked through the arched entranceway of the White Horse Inn on High Street. Fortuna stood just inside the door, clinging to Letty’s elbow, trying to make sense of the chaos. The coaching inn seemed to be a popular watering hole for travelers. Strident voices bellowed orders to porters who jostled Fortuna as they dashed in and out of the door behind her."

(The White Horse Inn in Dunstable.) "Two hours later, the Ashford party ducked through the arched entranceway of the White Horse Inn on High Street. Fortuna stood just inside the door, clinging to Letty’s elbow, trying to make sense of the chaos. The coaching inn seemed to be a popular watering hole for travelers. Strident voices bellowed orders to porters who jostled Fortuna as they dashed in and out of the door behind her."

St. Mary's Guildhall

St. Mary's Guildhall Built in the 1300s, this magnificent building that hosted England's kings and queens transports you to the Middle Ages.

St. Mary's Guildhall

St. Mary's Guildhall Built in the 1300s, this magnificent building that hosted England's kings and queens transports you to the Middle Ages.

After a mid day meal at the Rose and Crown in Coventry, the travelers did a little sightseeing at St. Mary's Guildhall.

The Great Hall, St. Mary's Guildhall

The Great Hall looking south, towards the Minstrels' Gallery, and doorways to the gallery stair, Old Council Chamber, kitchens and Prince's Chamber

(The tapestry in St. Mary's Guildhall.) "The marquess came to a halt and cleared his throat. 'Allow me to describe the scene before us. Pairs of angelic musicians grace the trusses overhead. We face a wall with nine stained glass windows depicting the rulers of England. Below hangs a spectacular Tournai tapestry that looks to be of Alexander the Great meeting King Darius.'"

St. Mary's Guildhall Tapestry

The magnificent Coventry Tapestry at St. Mary's Guildhall, circa 1500- one of the rarest and most important tapestries in the country

Monk's Heath

Monk's Heath on the Knutsford Road is where Charles and Fortuna were stranded for the night after the carriage axle broke. They were trying to thwart Juliana's faux elopement with Sinjin in BLIND FORTUNE.

Monk's Heath on the Knutsford Road is where Charles and Fortuna were stranded for the night after the carriage axle broke. They were trying to thwart Juliana's faux elopement with Sinjin in BLIND FORTUNE.

"When they topped Soldier's Tump a few minutes later, he handed her to a shady spot in the lee of the trees. Sinking onto the cool grass, Fortuna spread her skirts and surreptitiously rubbed her sore ankle. Charles stood, apparently surveying the village below.  'What was it like, growing up without your sight?'  The unexpectedness of the question startled her. Thoughtfully, she cocked her head and debated a response. 'Lonely,' she said..."

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St. Michael's Church in Stone

"The music died away. The congregation took its seat. Fortuna sank back to the pew as the sound of shuffling and settling gradually diminished. In the back of St. Michael's Church, someone coughed into the stillness.  Clasping her reticule between both hands, she clung to her composure by a thread.  The bishop cleared his throat. 'Dearly beloved…'  I can’t do this, Fortuna decided in a panic. Whatever was I thinking? I should never have come."

St. Michael's Church, Stone

St. Michael's Church in Stone. In BLIND FORTUNE, this is where Juliana & Sinjin and Letty & Richard married in a double wedding.

St. Michael's Church, Stone

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(gentle Balor from BLIND FORTUNE) “'Balor has something in common with you, my lady. He was born with a cast in one eye.'  'Indeed?' Fortuna invested a wealth of disdain in that one word.  Charles seemed not to notice. 'A friend in Northumberland breeds wolfhounds. I was visiting when Balor’s dam whelped. Instead of putting the pup down, I talked George into giving it to me.'  'Such an odd name for a dog,' Fortuna observed.  'Balor is the one-eyed Celtic god of death.'”

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WRITING TO READ: "Blind Fortune captures the reader’s heart"

Blind Fortune captures the reader’s heart

Blind Fortune, by Joanna Waugh is a most engaging historical romance set in 19th Century England. Within the first few pages, Waugh captivated me. I had to read more. Blind from birth, Lady Fortuna…

BLIND FORTUNE by Joanna Waugh

review of BLIND FORTUNE by Joanna Waugh : All that readers want in a Regency...with a twist! -- Reviewed by Dot Dittman

"It was a lovely journey to watch[Charles' and Fortuna's] initial antagonism and sniping slowly turn to...friendship, and then to a surprisingly sensual awareness..."

Review for Blind Fortune

I have posted my review at SaSR Group. But for those who are not members there here is the review! It is a wonderful book! Title: Blind Fortune Author: Joanna Waugh Publisher: Cerridwen Press Buy Link: http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-4525-423-blind-fortune.aspx Rating: You NEED to Read (4.75 of 5) Reviewed by: MarthaE Blurb: They say love is blind, but Lady Fortuna Morley doesn’t believe it. Sightless since birth, she can think of only one reason a gentleman would wed her—for the dowry and…

All About Romance review of BLIND FORTUNE

All About Romance review of BLIND FORTUNE

All About Romance review of BLIND FORTUNE

"With skillful scripting, Joanna Waugh exposes the depth and personality of each of her characters...This is definitely a wonderfully detailed Regency romance that will woo historical enthusiasts..."

Blind Fortune

"Joanna Waugh has done a wonderful job of writing about true love...overcoming all adversities..."

Blind Fortune

Book Title: Blind Fortune Author: Joanna Waugh Publisher: Cerridwen Press Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/ ISBN: 978-1-41991-763-9 Genre: Historical Romance Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx Lady Fortuna Morley has made a sound plan for herself and her cousin, to be spinsters for the rest of their lives, living alone. This plan develops a lot of holes in it when her cousin becomes infatuated with Charles’ friend and they end up engaged. Now Fortuna…

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(gentle Balor from BLIND FORTUNE) “'Balor has something in common with you, my lady. He was born with a cast in one eye.'  'Indeed?' Fortuna invested a wealth of disdain in that one word.  Charles seemed not to notice. 'A friend in Northumberland breeds wolfhounds. I was visiting when Balor’s dam whelped. Instead of putting the pup down, I talked George into giving it to me.'  'Such an odd name for a dog,' Fortuna observed.  'Balor is the one-eyed Celtic god of death.'”

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We are specialists in Canine, Equestrian and Sporting period antique Jewellery, dating from 1800 to 1940. We also hold Dog Paintings from the same period.

This fellow is how I imagined Viscount St. John (Sinjin) in BLIND FORTUNE to look, only more blond.

How you boys could try to look like...

The men are wearing couture . I will give cookies to the guys that try these looks and pull it off....

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral ... - Mary Wollstonecraft , 1833

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral ... - Mary Wollstonecraft , 1833

St. Mary's Guildhall Built in the 1300s, this magnificent building that hosted England's kings and queens transports you to the Middle Ages.

St. Mary's Guildhall

St. Mary's Guildhall Built in the 1300s, this magnificent building that hosted England's kings and queens transports you to the Middle Ages.

Monk's Heath on the Knutsford Road is where Charles and Fortuna were stranded for the night after the carriage axle broke. They were trying to thwart Juliana's faux elopement with Sinjin in BLIND FORTUNE.

Monk's Heath on the Knutsford Road is where Charles and Fortuna were stranded for the night after the carriage axle broke. They were trying to thwart Juliana's faux elopement with Sinjin in BLIND FORTUNE.

"When they topped Soldier's Tump a few minutes later, he handed her to a shady spot in the lee of the trees. Sinking onto the cool grass, Fortuna spread her skirts and surreptitiously rubbed her sore ankle. Charles stood, apparently surveying the village below.  'What was it like, growing up without your sight?'  The unexpectedness of the question startled her. Thoughtfully, she cocked her head and debated a response. 'Lonely,' she said..."

Sodger's Hump

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After a mid day meal at the Rose and Crown in Coventry, the travelers did a little sightseeing at St. Mary's Guildhall.

The Great Hall, St. Mary's Guildhall

The Great Hall looking south, towards the Minstrels' Gallery, and doorways to the gallery stair, Old Council Chamber, kitchens and Prince's Chamber

(The tapestry in St. Mary's Guildhall.) "The marquess came to a halt and cleared his throat. 'Allow me to describe the scene before us. Pairs of angelic musicians grace the trusses overhead. We face a wall with nine stained glass windows depicting the rulers of England. Below hangs a spectacular Tournai tapestry that looks to be of Alexander the Great meeting King Darius.'"

St. Mary's Guildhall Tapestry

The magnificent Coventry Tapestry at St. Mary's Guildhall, circa 1500- one of the rarest and most important tapestries in the country

The Priory founded by King Henry I at Dunstable.

Priory Church, Dunstable

King Henry I founded a priory at Dunstable in 1131. In 1259 Dominican friars, known as black friars because of the colour of their costumes arrived in Dunstable. The king granted the prior control of the town. However he had already promised the townspeople the same freedoms as the citizens of London. As a result there were endless arguments over who ran Dunstable. The priors had a gaol, possessed the power of life and death, and sat as judges with the king's justices. In 1533…