Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth
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.
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.
Books by Ann Marie Thomas
This is real history told in a story-telling style accessible to the layman but academically sound. William de Breos rose to a position of great power and influence as a close confidant of King John, but when his wife revealed John's greatest secret John's revenge was brutal. The fall of the de Breos family was the final spark that lit the fire of Magna Carta and led to the offer of the English crown to the prince of France.
Ann had a stroke in work in May 2010. In the long hours in hospital, she began to write poetry on her mobile phone, laboriously one letter at a time. She had written poetry before, but occasionally. Now it poured out of her, 22 poems in all. Verse, doggerel, blank verse. The poems talk about suffering and patience, therapy and faith. If you are a stroke survivor or know someone who is, these poems will comfort, encourage and inspire you.
by Ann Marie Thomas, A M Thomas
Tabitha Enns is given work experience on board the Kestrel, on the adventure of her life, that will push her to the limit. When a hostile alien species are discovered, the Kestrel is sent to make contact, but the crew have problems with their friends as well as their enemies. Why did a dying man say, 'butterfly'? Who is the mysterious injured woman, and what is her connection to the hostile aliens threatening the entire galaxy?
Did you know King John didn't sign the Magna Carta? He sealed it. Did you know the rebel barons offered the English throne to Prince Louis of France? If John hadn't died, the British Isles might be part of France today. So why is the Great Charter considered to be the dawn of democracy? Find out in The Magna Carta Story, the layman's guide. It contains all the intrigue, tantrums and civil war, what happened afterwards, and why it's so important.