Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth

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This is real history told in a way accessible to the layman but academically sound. Alina's husband John took control of the Lordship of Gower in south Wales in 1320, in an attempt to secure her inheritance. But her father had sold it to the king's favourite, and the king took it back. The Marcher Barons sided with John and rebelled against the king. It eventually led to the king's downfall, but Alina and John paid a heavy price.

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Published 1 Apr 2012
Pages 39
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Book Details

Ann's interest in local history started when one day she looked at the ruins of Swansea Castle and wondered what it was like when it was lived in. She Googled it and found some fascinating stories, especially the story of Alina de Breos, which she pieced together from multiple sources. Following a major stroke, she spent her recovery time writing a book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth.

Some points of interest: 1. Did you know that Swansea was pivotal in the downfall of King Edward II?
2. Did you know that the heir to Gower ended up in the Tower of London?
3. King Edward's baggage, plate, jewels and other treasure was sent to Swansea Castle before he was captured. Most of it was never seen again.
4. The book is beautifully illustrated by a talented artist who was still studying for her degree at the time.

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