Books by Katherine Lack
A life of the celtic
pioneer and saint Columbanus
(c. 542-615 AD), who
left his native Ireland to blaze a trail across a Europe darkened by
the pagan invasions. Over the Alps and down into Italy, he challenged
the rulers of a weakened continent, and founded monastic communities
which acted as beacons of hope for generations to come. Among
Columbanus’ many legacies is the curious fact that the patron saint of
Switzerland is an Irishman, his disciple St Gall.
This book investigates the identity of the mysterious ‘pilgrim
accidentally uncovered in Worcester Cathedral, and explores the life of
the city in which this man lived and worked.
It then recreates in
practical detail the fifteenth-century pilgrimage he seems to have
made, to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, a road still taken
by thousands of pilgrims every year. Whether the modern pilgrim travels
on foot, by bicycle or in a car, many aspects of the journey have not
changed in the intervening centuries.
A new and challenging reappraisal of the life of the eldest
William the Conqueror. On his father’s death, Duke Robert ‘Curthose’
(‘stubby legs’) inherited Normandy, while his younger brother William
Rufus was crowned King of England. The conventional story is that this
was what the Conqueror wished, because he considered that Robert was
unfit to rule. But this book produces and explores new evidence which
suggests that Robert was the victim of carefully constructed medieval
‘spin’, to legitimise his two younger brothers’ seizures of the throne.
During World War II, 5,000 women who held British papers were
by the Nazis in occupied France. Some of these women wrote memoirs
after their liberation, and a few brave ones kept diaries while in the
camps. This material is published here for the first time in all its
harrowing detail, based around the full text of the illustrated diary
of my relation, the redoubtable
Miss Fanny Twemlow.
From the grim and freezing conditions in the Besancon barracks, the
prisoners were moved to the abandoned spa at Vittel, where they were
later joined by Jews in transit to the death camps.
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