It’s not often you find a contemporary picture of your 13th-century ancestor. This is Nicholas de Moeles bidding farewell to King Henry III and Queen Eleanor after being made seneschal of Gascony in 1243. It is unlikely to be an accurate representation, but still a rare find.


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.