As Kathy Lynn Emerson, Kate Emerson, and Kaitlyn Dunnett, I will be making two library appearances this month. The first, in Brunswick, Maine is part of their annual series of talks by Maine mystery writers. I’ll be there on Tuesday, September 8th, from 7-8 in the evening, to talk and sign books. At the end of the month, I’ll be heading for my old home town of Liberty, New York for my 50th high school reunion and will also be doing a “chat with the author” session and signing at the Liberty Public Library. That’s set for 2-3 PM on Saturday, September 26th.
The first Mistress Jaffrey mystery, Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe, is now out in trade paperback in the U.S. and in large print in the U.K.
If you are on Goodreads, you can enter a giveaway for advance reading copies of the next Liss MacCrimmon adventure, The Scottie Barked at Midnight. The giveaway is at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/151622-the-scottie-barked-at-midnight and runs until September 14th . Good luck. There are ten copies available and the winners are drawn at random by the good folks at Goodreads.
Meanwhile, I’m hard at work on the third Mistress Jaffrey mystery, this one set mostly in Cornwall. The manuscript isn’t due on my editor’s desk until next June, so I am taking my time, making sure I get all the details right. The biggest challenge so far? In Cornwall in the 16th century, many of the Cornish people objected to being told what to do by a government that was largely based in London. One way of expressing their feelings was to pretend they did not speak English. Fortunately, Rosamond Jaffrey lived in Cornwall for several years during her girlhood and since she is good a picking up languages, she can translate. I, however, do not possess that same skill. I’m trying to get across the flavor of the language without including long passages, if for no other reason that the more Cornish phrases I include the more likely it is that I will get something wrong. There has been a great resurgence in Cornish as a spoken language during the last decade. Believe me, if I make mistakes, someone will be sure to tell me about it!
6/21/15: One of the most fascinating things about the study of history is how fast the “facts” can change. Not that history itself is any different—it’s just that every time someone makes a new discovery, or connects events that were previously not linked together, our perception of what happened in the past undergoes a shift. We see things in a new way. Possibilities open up. Suppositions become facts or are disproved. Thanks to diligent research by a descendant of Hester Harington, several new documents have come to light about Audrey Malte’s daughter, proving that she not only married and had children, but lived to a ripe old age. Here is my updated biography of Hester from A Who’s Who of Tudor Women:
HESTER HARINGTON (d.1639)
Hester Harington was the daughter of John Harington of Stepney (1525-July 1, 1582) and Audrey Malte (d.c.1556). See the entry under ETHELREDA, AUDREY or ESTHER MALTE for more details on Hester's mother. The date of her birth is uncertain. 1554 has been suggested, but as her mother was in service to Princess Elizabeth in that year, it seems less likely to me than an earlier date. Most records also suggest that no one knows what happened to Hester after about 1568. Recent research by a descendant of the Stubbs family, however, has turned up evidence that Hester Heringtonn married William Stubbs (d.1630) in St. Clement Danes, London, on January 17, 1574. Anne Stubbs was baptized there on January 9, 1575 and Harrington Stubbs on June 14, 1578. They also had a daughter named Susan. A connection between the Maltes, the Haringtons, and Hester Stubbs comes through property records for the manor of Watchfield in Shrivenham, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). It was granted to John Malte in 1541, belonged to Audrey Malte in 1546, was in the possession of John and Audrey Harington in 1556, and of John and Hester Harington in 1568. In 1593, it belonged to William and Hester Stubbs and in 1631 to Hester Stubbs, widow. Hester lived at Watchfield until her death in 1639. Further evidence of the identification comes from the arms on the tomb of Anne Stubbs Codrington in Bristol Cathedral where the arms of the Stubbs family are quartered with those of the Harington family and from a court case in which Sir John Harington, son of John Harington by his second wife, is identified as the brother-in-law of William Stubbs. Hester left a will, probated in 1639, in which she describes herself as of Watchfield in the County of Berks, widowe, being very aged and weake in body. Possible portrait: now lost but described as a child holding a book.
If you’re interested in more information about Hester and other members of her family, her descendant blogs at https://genesurfing.wordpress.com
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