07 May, 2007

My Edward II Website

I finally got round to setting up my Edward II website! I've been meaning to do it for months and months. (I am not a woman of swift action.) And here it is.

The site's not terribly thrilling at the moment - so far, I've just transferred some essays from the blog, and the template etc needs a lot of work. But still, I have a website! *Is delighted*.

One new feature: I've added a page of some fictional extracts I've written on Edward and Isabella, etc. And I'm intending to do a page on 'Images of Edward II's Reign' - illustrations from contemporary psalters, manuscripts etc. (But given my tendency to procrastination, don't hold your breath.)

If there's anything you'd like to see on the site, please let me know, here on or the 'Comments' page of the site.

EDIT: I've updated my Fictional Extracts page with some more snippets - hope you enjoy them! :)

18 comments:

Alison said...

I shall go and have a look at it! I'm not terribly speedy myself at setting up my website.

Alianore said...

Thanks, Alison! Looking forward to seeing yours, too.

Gary Smailes said...

Site looks great - Looking forward to reading through it.

neroville said...

I really enjoyed reading your fictional excerpts! They're very readable, and you have a nice light touch with description. Are you going to be posting any more of your novel soon? I'd love to read more.

Anyway, I did some studies for an Edward/Piers painting. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/54887062/ What do you think?

Also, do you have any sources for early 14th century costume? I have all of one reference book with medieval clothing in it, and it has one page total for the 1300-1325 period.

Alianore said...

Thank you, Gary!

Joanne: thank you too - glad you enjoyed the extracts! I'll get some more up over the next day or two.
I have a nice little book by Mary G. Houston, called Medieval Costume in England and France: the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, with 350 illustrations. There's also Medieval Costume and Fashion by Herbert Norris - very detailed.

Really like your drawing! Piers looks very haughty and proud, especially round the eyes (and very handsome, too! :). And I love Edward's sensual mouth.

Susan Higginbotham said...

Loved the site, Alianore!

And Neroville, Piers and Edward II were a pleasure to see also.

neroville said...

Thanks, Alianore and Susan! :) I'm glad you liked my studies. Was it how you pictured them?

Thanks also for the book recommendations. I ordered them from the library, and hopefully I'll be able to devote more time to Edward and Piers in a week or two. Do you have any ideas for a composition? I don't want to make it that complex, of course. I was entertaining the idea of an indoors scene, with Edward holding a flagon of wine...

Alianore said...

Thanks, Susan - glad you like it!

Joanne: yes, that's pretty much how I picture Ed and Piers! The idea of Ed holding a flagon of wine sounds great. Unfortunately, I can't think of any other scenes at the moment that wouldn't be rather complex - I have a nice image in my head of Ed admiring Piers in all his jousting gear, but as I'm not entirely sure what 14C jousting gear even looks like, it's kind of vague. ;)

Hmmm - how about Ed sitting on his throne, with Piers lolling on the arm or over the back? Or even sharing the throne? (Inspired by the Derek Jarman film).

Gabriele C. said...

Love the snippets.
And she certainly didn’t want to kiss him, or touch him. This man humiliated her and didn’t love her as she deserved, and she would not feel lust for him. She would not.
Can we say Isy's a bit stubborn? And the way Ed nips at those stiff French made me giggle.

How exactly is Langley Castle connected to the Edwards? I'm tempted to pack a fancy dress and dine at the place though it'll probably kill my budget. :)

Gabriele C. said...

Joanne,
I love your paintings.

I've looked through your entire Deviantart site - should you ever feel like doing Romans again, I'll have some ideas for you. *grin* Btw, you mention a Roman novel which has me curious. What's it about?

Alianore said...

Gabriele: yes, Izzy's meant to be pretty stubborn! And I hope that Ed's sense of humour comes across...;)

Afraid I've never heard of Langley Castle before! *Blushes* Looks very nice - wouldn't mind staying there myself. Apparently it was built in 1350, in Ed III's reign, by Thomas de Lucy - his brother-in-law John de Multon was betrothed to Piers Gaveston's daughter Joan. It's funny, I've just been reading Lion of Alnwick by Carol Wensby-Scott, and de Lucy's daughter Maud is one of the main characters.

Alianore said...

Oops - forgot to say 'thank you' for being so nice about the snippets. ;)

Susan Higginbotham said...

Langley Castle does look nice! Especially the spa baths.

suburbanbeatnik said...

Hello again- I've actually been able to update my profile! Anyway, thank you for the ideas, Alianore. They sound great. I'm so pleased that Edward and Piers are just as you picture them!

Gabriele: thanks for looking at my site! The Roman novel I referred to is something I wrote in high school, aaaaaages ago. I was trying to write a Dangerous Liasions-esque story in Neronian Rome, with lots of sex and political intrigue. As this is from 15 years ago, I wouldn't show anyone now, of course! I've toyed with the idea of reworking it, and I've written an outline I'm pleased with. But I need to finish my own English civil war novel first... hopefully before the decade's over. :P

I'm so pleased you like my paintings. I have a more extensive site here. And I do take commissions! :)

--Joanne (aka Neroville)

Gabriele C. said...

Lol Joanne,
I know about those school time novels, lol. Mine was a War and Peace fanfic. :)

But I write about the Romans now, albeit more about battles than about sex.

I don't have the money to pay for commissions, but if you want to give poor Germanicus his nose back just for the fun of it, I'd love to see the result. Too bad there no picture of Arminius, he's my even greater favourite.

MRats said...

Does the website still exist? I couldn't find it using the link. I wanted so much to read your "Fictional Extracts". Early in your posts you mentioned working on a novel, and I wondered if you were still at it. I realize it would be difficult to write, since you're always discovering facts that contradict the views commonly held to be true in the past. It's almost as if Edward's history is constantly changing, and I know it would require a lot of revisions to keep it accurate. But I believe that with your devotion to Edward and your quest for the truth that you would be doing the world a disservice if you never wrote the book.

If you've set it aside, I implore you to take it up again!

Kathryn Warner said...

Unfortunately, I had to let the website go, in 2010, I think - it was expensive to maintain and I just couldn't find the time to update it :/ I hope to have another one sometime, but can't promise, I'm afraid :/ Oh, could send you some fictional extracts via email, if you like? ;-)

MRats said...

YES, PLEASE! :-D

And I hope you take my words to heart and finish writing that novel for all of us. You said it yourself during your interview with Kasia, "I have a strange feeling in fact that Edward II chose me, not vice versa. :)". You owe it to him!