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Teresa Cole

Teresa Cole was born in a field in Norfolk. After obtaining a degree in law, she taught that subject for many years, during which time she wrote two law books.

Reading thousand-year-old chronicles as witness statements sparked a deep interest in the people of the past, in particular those whose actions and motivations had a profound effect on their own and later times. Writing history books was a natural progression, first ‘Henry V, The Life & Times of the Warrior King’, and then three about the Normans, ‘The Norman Conquest’, ‘After the Conquest’ and ‘Anarchy’. Most recently, the desire to acknowledge the influence of some extraordinary medieval women has resulted in a new book, ‘Women of Power’.

She also writes fiction, and, during the Covid lockdowns, a book of comic verse, ‘Lockdown Rhymes’, as a fundraiser for a local charity.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry Plantagenet and their children in a mural found the chapel of Saint Radegund in Chinon, France. (Chinpat / CC BY-SA)

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