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I’d love to own Newstead, partly because it belonged to Lord Byron, but also to try to uncover what dark secrets really lie beneath.

Karen Maitland

In 1255, Louis IX of France presented an elephant to Henry III of England to add to the menagerie of exotic animals he kept in the Tower of London.

Karen Maitland

In the Middle Ages, I think the French kings murdered slightly fewer of their family members than the English kings, though I haven’t actually counted the heads.

Karen Maitland

People are willing to do the most appalling things to another person for the sake of imposing a religious belief.

Karen Maitland

People sense that our reaction to phenomena such as epidemics or religious war is not that different to how we reacted to plagues or to battles a millennia ago.

Karen Maitland

The English king’s power was curbed by Parliament, though that wasn’t always a good thing, as politicians often behave no better than monarchs – there are just more of them.

Karen Maitland

We forget how bawdy and brutal the Middle Ages were.

Karen Maitland

John K. Van De Kamp
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Edward Rowland Sill