I was thrilled when I found that one of my ancestors was governor of Tintagel – until I discovered that he was so oppressive that the people of Cornwall petitioned the king to have him removed.


I am also a keen family historian. I am researching my own family history, mosty in Devon and Kent, and my husband Jack Priestley’s ancestors, mainly in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Some lines go back more than 30 generations, from paupers to lords of the manor. I even know the village in Normandy one of my ancestors came from.



I am currently working on a book about the first English saints.