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Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth (Stories of Medieval Gower) by [Ann Marie Thomas, Carrie Francis]

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Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth (Stories of Medieval Gower) Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews


  • "Have you ever seen the ghost in Oystermouth Castle? Then you wouldn't be alone, as there have been countless reports of a spectral white lady wandering the remains at night, who many believe to be the lost soul of 14th century noblewoman Alina de Breos. In her first book, which was launched at the Oxfam Bookshop in Castle Street, Ann Marie Thomas has collected together the back story of this tragic figure from Swansea's past. A fascinating account of what really happened in a local landmark many, many years ago..." - Swansea Life magazine June 2012

  • Reviewed by Thomas Falco for Readers' Favorite:
Though this piece of writing is based on facts, I couldn't help sense a bit of a storyline. Sometimes non fiction can get too caught up in story telling that the underlying facts are put on the backbench but I must stress that while there is an interesting storyline to this piece, the emphasis is on the facts - which is needed in any good non fiction writing. It is a great short piece. The amount of information isn't overwhelming and certainly a good introduction for anybody wanting to research this particular era. The only problem I had as a reader reading this is that there are a lot of 'Williams' in the story (especially at the start). Although it helps keep as much historical detail to the piece, it can be a little hard keeping up with which William is which. But entering this piece with this in mind, it is a wonderful piece that is rich with historical information. It is in fact a great starting point for further research into this field.

From the Author

One day I stood in Castle Square in the middle of Swansea, and looked up at the ruins of Swansea Castle. I wondered what it was like when it was in use. I went home and Googled it - as you do - and what I found fascinated me. I hated history lessons at school, but the stories about the Lords of Gower really grabbed my attention.
I did extensive research and found that although there was a de Breos (sometimes spelled de Braose) involved in every major event in English history for 300 years after the Norman Conquest, they are never mentioned today. Although Swansea Castle was the capital of Gower, the Lords preferred to live at Oystermouth Castle around the bay. Oystermouth Castle has just been refurbished, and especially Alina's chapel.
So I wrote this book about Alina and her family, and the momentous events in which they were involved. I hope you enjoy reading it, and learn about this little-known story.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007QP4F4O
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Alina Publishing; 2nd edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 1, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8564 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 35 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to keep track
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Rebecca Spruce
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all Swansea schools and residents
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3.0 out of 5 stars i believed it was a book
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