Characters

Andrew of Eaton

Andrew was born in Eaton in 1337, he has no trade and works as a farm labour 6 days a week. He has no land only a small strip of garden to grow fruit and vegetables, and possibly a pig or chickens if he had plenty of work and a good harvestoff his garden. On a Sunday his only day off he would attend church then archery practice at the butts, this was law for every male. This suited Andrew as he is a very fine archer and wanted to leave the manor to become an archer in France. If he could get away for a year and a day he would become a freeman.

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Ann Kemp

I was born in Norwich in 1318. My father, Thomas Kemp was employed as a scribe at the Cathedral Priory, he taught me my letters so I could read and write.
I was married in 1338 to a man named Norbert of Ghent, he was older than me. Norbert was a Flemish weaver who had travelled from Ghent, in the Low Countries to Lincolnshire before finally settling in Norwich to continue his trade.
Norwich was a rich city and Norbert earned a good wage. We had no children

Dominick of Witham

Dominick is from the county of Essex, he currently finds himself in Norfolk on a pilgrimage to Walsingham. He has come to pray to Our Lady for the recovery of his wife’s long illness.
He has previously travelled to other places of Pilgrimage such as Canterbury Cathedral to see the tomb and corona reliquary of St Thomas Becket. He has even visited the Basilica of the Holy Blood, where some of Jesus Christ’s blood is kept, in the city of Bruges in Flanders which took him across the channel.

Cecily of Taverham

Cecily of Taverham, Surgeon by family trade, taught by her father. In 1346, my father was called to arms to follow our King Edward III and our Lord Erpingham to the battle in Crécy. Naturally, I followed, as my father's apprentice. During the heat of the battle, my father was struck by a stray arrow, and lost his life. Despite being a woman, as I was a trained surgeon I was allowed to practise my trade. When we returned to England I took over father's business and have become an accomplished surgeon, specialising in Phlebotomy (Blood Letting) and Battlefield Surgery.

John longshanks

 Born in Norwich in 1330 he was taught to make bows and shoot at a young age by his father. At the age of 16 he went with him to France as a bowyer’s apprentice, this is where he saw and used a bow in battle for the first time. On returning home he worked in the family business: in 1349 his parents died of the plague and he then took it over. As a freeman of Norwich he was part of the militia which defended the city and provided men fight in campaigns. In 1356 he went back to France as a vintenar (captain of 20 archers).

Finvar Galowglass

After being the only survivor of a pestilence that claimed his family of dyers, on the Isle of Flegg, S. Norfolk. He had been placed in service of the Benedictine order of monks at Castle Acre priory, and he was learned his illuminations.

Rosamund DeChavland

Rosamund was born into a merchant’s family and displayed a flair for art at an early age. At 18 she was married to Reginald De Chavland, some 20 years her senior. He was a Master of the Artists Guild and a renowned Illuminator living and working in Norwich, the second city of England. He was a kind and considerate husband and they and their 3 surviving children had a comfortable life. Rosamund worked alongside her husband and became an accomplished illuminator and painter in her own right; however being a woman, although a Guild member she could never hold ‘Master’ status.