I've just realised that I missed the fifth anniversary of the blog a couple of weeks ago. Yes, 'Edward II' has now been around for half a decade! Little did I think on 3 December 2005 that I'd still be here at the end of 2010, having written 338 posts, and that so many people would be reading the blog! Here's to the next five (and more) years of Defending Edward II Against Crapness...;-)
The next post will be about Edward's friend Sir William Montacute (died 1319), but I've decided to put it up when I'm back online in early January, as it's not quite finished. In the meantime, here's something considerably less informative, though definitely more amusing: the names of some of the valets in Edward II's household...
Tassard de Flamoseles
Sanx (or Sanche) Garsie
Faydit de Mountbreton
Gumbaud de la Batude
Ottelyn Ferre - probably the same man named elsewhere as 'Ottelinus' and 'Otto the German' (Oto le Alemaund)
John du Chariot
Burgeys de Til
Odet de Milsentz
Lup Burgund (of Bordeaux)
Armand de Polliou
Amaneu de Pelegrue
Frisot de Montclair
Merlin de Sene
Jakinettus de Marigny
Tallifer de Tillio
Bidau de Saviniaco
Paganellus Bonmyn ('of Pistoja')
Sanctius de Aspe
Vitalis de Saurnak
Menandus de Fonte
Women's names I've spotted in the records of Edward's reign:
Laderana, Wymarca, Orangia, Amflusia, Amflesa, Drua, Eufegia, Amicabilia, Sayena, Richera, Dyamanda, Femisia, Juetta. (But no Briannas or Topaz Plantagenets, hehe. :)
Some contemporary nicknames, as recorded in Edward's chamber accounts and various other places:
Thomas - Thomelyn
Richard - Richardyn, Hick
John - Janyn, Janekyn
Marmaduke - Duket
Edmund ('Esmond' in the spelling of the era) - Monde
Simon - Syme
Walter - Watte or Wat (as in Wat Tyler, a few decades later)
Hugh - Huchon, Hughelyn
Isabella - Sibille
Katherine - Katin or Katine
And, of course, Piers - Perot.
My favourite names among Edward's servants:
Litel Wille (Little Will), Litel Colle (Little Colin) and Grete Hobbe (Big Rob).
My favourite men's names that you seldom if ever hear as given names nowadays:
Anketin, Saer, Pentecost, Lovekyn, Sewal, Walran, Hamo, Icok.
And finally, the excellent name of a man who sent a petition to Edward II in May 1318: Dominion de France.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you, and see you in 2011!