The Good, the Bad and the Unready by Robert Easton

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Fulk the Surly’, ‘Erik the Meek’, ‘Louis the Indolent’… their potted biographies suggest whether they are deserved or not. The Gem Just occasionally there is a gem of a nickname that refuses to fall into any category, for example the enigmatic ‘Christopher the King of Bark’ and ‘Athelfleda the White Duck’. This collection reflects the bias of history in that the percentage of female entries is miserably low. g. ‘Black Agnes’) or beauty (‘the Fair Rosamund’) or cruelty (‘Elizabeth the Blood Countess’).

Sebastian Giustinian, the Venetian ambassador, reports that when she was only two years old she saw Friar Dionosio Memo, the organist of St Mark’s Church in Venice, in the court of her father, BLUFF KING HAL, and she apparently cried out the word ‘priest’ until Memo played for her. Later in life, when queen, she considered it her Christian duty to turn the tide of Protestantism which had been flowing through England since the reign of her brother Edward the JOSIAH OF ENGLAND (see ENGLISH EPITHETS).

Com First published in hardback as Fat, Bald and Worthless 2006 Published in paperback as The Good, the Bad and the Unready 2008 1 Copyright © Revd Robert Easton, 2006 All rights reserved The moral right of the author has been asserted Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser 9780141903590 To Harry the Dirty Dog Contents Preface Acknowledgements The GOOD, the BAD and the UNREADY List of Entries by First Name Bibliography Index Preface I was in the British Library last year searching for material on Charles III, the sixteenth-century duke of Lorraine, and on the reason for his nickname ‘the Great’.

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