Wednesday, February 13, 2008

WorldConnect Is Not a Primary Source

A review of Alison Weir's forthcoming biography Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess raises doubts about the author's "discrimination in the use of evidence."

Weir tells us, for example, that Hugh of Swynford, Katherine’s first husband, was “a shrewd and terrifying fighter”, citing John of Gaunt’s Register as the source for this phrase. Readers might be justifiably perplexed to discover that the fourteenth-century Register of John of Gaunt includes not a single indexed reference to Hugh, and that the phrase “he was a shrewd and terrifying fighter” appears to be borrowed from an amateur genealogical blog (, posted June 2006), which itself cites merely unspecified “registers” as its source. [Link]

Andy E. Wold

Oh, come on! That's very reliable information -- just look at the highly credible "WFT Est" date ranges on the birth AND death dates of the guy. He could easily be one hundred twenty-nine years old.



Oh dear, her sources sound a bit scandalous, not to mention terrifying.


He could also have died 12 years before he was born. :-)

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