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Thursday, April 23, 2009

St. George's Day

Great Hall at Kenilworth Castle
Originally uploaded by Damek

On the afternoon before St. George's Day, 1376, April bloomed in Warwickshire. The young lambs bleated from the pastures beyond the mere, while a hazy gold light turned the sandstone of the battlements to the color of a robin's breast. All Kenilworth Castle, cleansed & garlanded for the festivities, waited for the Duke to come again. Katherine sat on a sunny stone bench in the Inner Court near the old keep . . .

Katherine . . . that's the name of the historical novel the above excerpt is from . . . written by Anya Seton (1916-1990) . . . and published in 1954 . . . Katherine is still read and enjoyed and discussed by many . . . and according to current research, it does appear that this same Katherine is a 16th great-grandma to our Josephine . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

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