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I’ve been enjoying listening to some music over the past few weeks, and only belatedly realised it was all from the same part of the world: Galicia, in northern Spain. Once I realised that, I…

I’ve been enjoying listening to some music over the past few weeks, and only belatedly realised it was all from the same part of the world: Galicia, in northern Spain. Once I realised that, I…

750 BC to 12 BC, Celts were most powerful people central & northern Europe. Tribes of Celts, wave after wave, spread outwards, taking over France, Belgium, crossing to Britain. Celt comes from Greek: Keltoi, barbarians (pronounced "Kelt")  Celt is a term NOT used until 18th century; Romans called these people Britons. Celtic Iron Age ended AD 43, Romans invaded Britain.

750 BC to 12 BC, Celts were most powerful people central & northern Europe. Tribes of Celts, wave after wave, spread outwards, taking over France, Belgium, crossing to Britain. Celt comes from Greek: Keltoi, barbarians (pronounced "Kelt") Celt is a term NOT used until 18th century; Romans called these people Britons. Celtic Iron Age ended AD 43, Romans invaded Britain.

Counts of Flanders

Counts of Flanders

Gilbert II the Red de Clare, Earl of Gloucester wearing the Clare arms ~13th century painted glass, Tewkesbury Abbey. Gilbert married Edward I's daughter Joan Plantagenet

Gilbert II the Red de Clare, Earl of Gloucester wearing the Clare arms ~13th century painted glass, Tewkesbury Abbey. Gilbert married Edward I's daughter Joan Plantagenet

Roger Mortimer, Earl of March, seized at Nottingham Castle, with Isabella, the queen consort of King Edward II, who was Mortimer's mistress. Published by H D Symonds, 2 April 1796.

Roger Mortimer, Earl of March, seized at Nottingham Castle, with Isabella, the queen consort of King Edward II, who was Mortimer's mistress. Published by H D Symonds, 2 April 1796.

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