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Earl William IV de Warenne, d. 1240, An Intelligent Man with a Strong Personality

lost-letters-of-medieval-lifeGenealogy at its most basic, and to me most boring, is simply a search for and listing of the names and dates of our ancestors.  Finding those names is precious, don’t get me wrong, but finding a way to turn those names into personalities through historical associations, anecdotes, photos, portraits, copies of original documents – that is precious.

When researching quite early ancestors, there is usually no opportunity to get a glimpse of the person behind the name.  That’s what makes the publication of some potential personal letters by William IV de Warenne, 5th Earl of Surrey, such a find.

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