The Heretic's Tomb - Sources of Inspiration

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Castles and fortresses are featured in the novel. Conwy Castle, on the north coast of Wales, is one of the greatest fortresses of medieval Europe. http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/historical-background/

Conwy Castle Wales Built by our twentieth Great grandfather Edward I

The fictional Thornbury Abbey appears in the novel, based on the many abbeys that existed in medieval England. This is Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, England, which operated from 1132 until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/historical-background/

The ruins of the Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire, England. It operated from 1132 until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in

Medieval Medicine - The Middle Ages are often seen as a period of limited medical knowledge and yet many ideas from the classical medicine survived into the medieval period. This man's leg wound is being treated, while herbs for a soothing ointment or healing drink are being prepared. http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/medieval-medicine/

This man's leg wound is being treated, while herbs for a soothing ointment or healing drink are being prepared.

Edward III, King of England from 1327 to 1377 and during the time of the Black Death http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/historical-background/

Edward III, King of England that is based on his death mask and his effigy. the same physical traits we see in the Beauforts and Lancasters.

The Hundred Years' War was a series of conflicts waged from 1337 to 1453 between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of France for control of the French throne. http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/historical-background/

During the Hundred Years' War, English kings tried to repossess lands that their ancestors, members of French feudal nobility, had once ruled (shown in purple). It was the peasants of France who paid the price for the ruthless aggression of English kings.

The Hundred Years War - The Battle of Poitiers (1356) http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/historical-background/

The Hundred Years War - The Battle of Poitiers ancestor Sir Nele Loring fought here in the retinue of Edward the Black Prince.

The Battle of Sluys was a naval battle off the coast of what is now the Netherlands in 1340. It was one of the first battles of the Hundred Years War between England and France. http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/historical-background/

Battle of Sluys naval battle fought on June 1340 where the English Fleet of King Edward III defeated the French Fleet Hundred Years War

The Dance of Death depicted in a medical image. Learn more at http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/historical-background/

Was it inevitable that plague would sweep Europe in the Middle Ages? How long did it take sufferers to die?life like in its aftermath?a panel of experts reflect on some

Edward III and his eldest son, Edward the Black Prince. Edward died one year before his father, becoming the first English Prince of Wales not to become King of England. The throne passed instead to his son Richard II following the death of Edward III. http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/historical-background/

Edward, the Black Prince is granted Aquitaine by his father King Edward III. (Initial letter “E” of miniature, British Library, shelfmark- Cotton MS Nero D VI,

The Hundred years War- The Battle of Crecy (1346) http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/historical-background/

century artwork about a century battle. 'Chroniques de Jean Froissard, Bataille de Crécy That offers a dilemma about the accuracy of the armour - it is probably accurate c armour, rather than accurate c armour.

This view of the Tower of London from a 15th-century manuscript depicts the imprisonment of Charles, Duke of Orléans, in the Tower of London. London Bridge and the Thames are also visible.

Imprisonment of Charles, Duke of Orléans in the White Tower, late century (British Library, MS Royal, 16 folio

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