Saturday, May 6, 2017

"Jamestown." When can we see it?

The British-made series about early Jamestown is beginning in the UK May 5!  

Can’t wait to see how it measures up to JAMESTOWN: THE NOVEL.

Watch this space for news!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Jamestown lives!

A new TV series is in the making! JAMESTOWN, made in the UK by the producers of--guess what--"Downton Abbey" is to be released in 2017, date TBA.

"Dec 30, 2016 - The emotional eight-part series will follow Alice, Verity and Jocelyn as they become the first women to settle in the colony."

"The first women"? Not quite! This series begins in 1619, but the very first Englishwomen--just two of them--arrived in 1608. 
Can't wait for the TV version. 

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thanksgiving Memories

As you eat your Thanksgiving turkey, remember that the Susan Constant got here long before the Mayflower.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Remembering a soldier from long ago

For Veterans’ Day Weekend, a monument to Captain John Smith (1580-1631) soldier, founder.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lady Frances and Captain Smith in the 1630s. Who knows?


        John Smith died on June 21, 1631. His burial place is  in the south aisle of Saint Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church, Holborn Viaduct, London. The church is the largest parish church in the City of London, dating from 1137. 
       Captain John Smith's life  is memorialized by a fine stained- glass window in the south wall of the church.

       Who ordered his burial? Who commanded the memorial window?

       Lady Frances kept the title Duchess of Richmond until her death on October 8, 1639. She is buried in Westminster Abbey next to her third husband, in the tomb she had designed in his memory.
      Mysteries upon mysteries. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

John Smith and Lady Frances

Portrait of Lady Frances, Countess of Hertford, in 1611.

                 How well did she know John Smith?

         Her husband, Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford, was Smith’s “best friend.” The Earl died at age 81 on April 6, 1621. Lady Frances was then 43 years old. John Smith was 41. A wealthy widow, Frances nonetheless wasted no time in attaching herself to a new husband:  Just two months after Edward died, Frances married a 47-year-old Scottish nobleman, Ludovic Stewart, 2nd Duke of Lennox. He was a cousin of King James I. A member of the Privy Council, he was also Steward of the Royal Household. Steward became Earl of Newcastle upon Tyne and Duke of Richmond on August 17, 1623, but did not enjoy those titles very long. He died at age 50 in his bed (of a heart attack?) at Whitehall on the morning of February 16, 1624. As his widow, Lady Frances, now wealthier than ever, became known as the “Double Duchess.”

         On July 12, 1624 John Smith’s monumental Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England and the Summer Isles was published. It was dedicated To the Illustrious and Most Noble Princesse, the Lady Francis, Duchesse of Richmond and Lenox. A  1623 engraving of her image was bound into the original edition.

          Lady Frances financed John Smith’s book.