TMC’s Holiday 2011 Issue is here!

November 27, 2011

Good day to you all,

 Can you believe it?  The holiday season is upon us once again.  It seems like only yesterday… 

 Because of all that has happened since this summer and my not being able to publish as scheduled, I have chosen to call this issue the Holiday issue.  It’s a wonderful issue filled with articles I know you will enjoy.  Currently, there are three new articles:

  • St. Bernardine of Siena by Denise Domning (And the Saints Go Marching…)
  • Advent at the Monastery by Anita Gordon  (The Cistercians)
  • Battle of Clontarf by Nan Hawthorne  (And With Time Came Change…)
    Sharon Kay Penman’s Feature article is still available on this issue’s home page.

 Next weekend I will be publishing A Day in an Animal’s Life… by Nela Leja.  Nela has also written a special Christmas article that you don’t want to miss.  It’ll be published very soon.

 My brother’s passing has been hard but your thoughtful emails and comforting words have helped more than you will ever know.  Thank you.

 From all of us at TMC, may this holiday season be filled with joy, peace and love,
Linda, Anita, Denise, Nan and Nela


LionHeart by Sharon Kay Penman & her article at TMC about Ingeborg, Queen of France

October 1, 2011

Good eventide to you all!

 TMC is proud to present an article by Sharon Kay Penman entitled A Captive Queen.  In 1193 Ingeborg, sister of the Danish King Cnut VI was betrothed to Philippe Capet, King of France.  Learn about her marriage and her fight for her rights as Queen as Philippe announces once the wedding ceremony was done that the marriage was over and he would have it annulled.  Go to where you will find A Captive Queen at the bottom of the scroll (click on the title).

 Sharon’s book LionHeart will be in stores October 4th.  As the Third Crusade comes to life on the page, Sharon takes us to the Holy Land and into the world of Richard the Lionheart and Saladin.  We will also journey to England as John, Richard’s youngest brother, tries to steal his crown.  October 4th can’t get here fast enough for me!

 I love Autumn–it’s my favorite time of the year–and it’s finally come to Oklahoma!  Here’s hoping that you can say the same about where you live.

 From your Faithful Scribe, Linda
publisher of

Happy Autumn everyone!

September 23, 2011

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  I dearly love all the changing of colors.  I remember many years ago taking a hot air balloon ride at the peak of autumn.  I was living in Virginia at the time and the leaves were breathtaking. 

We’re on the count down to Sharon Kay Penman’s latest medieval historical, LionHeart.  The pub date is October 4th.  Can’t wait.

Here’s to saying goodbye to 100+ degree days and saying hello to many hours of happy reading in front of a blazing fire in the fireplace with your four-legged animals curled up next to you.

from your Faithful Scribe, Linda
Publisher of

Cistercian Choir monks at TMC

September 11, 2011

Good eventide everyone!

Anita Gordon’s article entitled The Daily Life of the Choir Monks and Cistercian Sign Language is here.  You will find it at  It’s a detailed account of the Canonical Hours and how the monks observed them. 

Enjoy from your Faithful Scribe, Linda
Publisher of

TMC’s next issue is here!

September 6, 2011

Good eventide to you all!

 The latest issue of The Medieval Chronicle is now ready for your enjoyment.  FINALLY! 
You’ll find it at

As always, this issue is filled with wonderful articles that are not only entertaining but educational.  The three articles that are being presented at this time are some of the best that TMC has published.

Beginning with this issue TMC will no longer be publishing on a bi-monthly basis but instead will be publishing fewer articles each issue.  The hope is to have new and interesting articles coming on a more regular basis.  (Also, this new schedule should work much better with my day job!) 

On the home page’s scroll you’ll see two articles listed that will be published in the coming weeks. The first, written by Anita Gordon, is a fantastic account of The Daily Life of the Choir Monks and Cistercian Sign Language.  I am still working on the layout and design so as to do justice to the wealth of information she has given us.  The other article which is the Feature article entitled The Gutenberg Press should be ready for publication towards the end of this month.

 Enjoy! from your Faithful Scribe, Linda
Publisher of

TMC celebrates 2 years on the internet – today, August 17th

August 18, 2011

Good eventide everyone,

Two years ago today, August 17th, TMC was launched.  It’s been a fantastic journey and I am looking forward to sharing many more years of all things medieval with each and every one of you.  Thank you for your support.

August 17th was chosen as the launch date for a reason–it’s also my birthday which makes it an easy date to remember!

The next issue is just around the corner and if all goes as planned I will have it published by the end of this coming weekend.

from your Faithful Scribe, Linda
Publisher of

TMC’s next issue is due August 20th

August 8, 2011

Good eventide everyone!

 And it is indeed a good eventide because since Thursday evening until Sunday morning I was in “pain hell”.  Please allow me to explain.

I went to the dentist on Wednesday to get what I thought was going to be a fitting for a crown.  Once the dentist got inside my mouth he found I needed a root canal. Thursday at work was good but come Thursday night the pain started and by Friday I was in the aforementioned hell!!  The dentist gave me some antibiotics which took nearly 48 hours to really kick in and once they did and the pain was all but gone I got a headache that had me out of it for most of the rest of the weekend.  I cut back on the antibiotics today (Sunday) and am praying that the infection is gone and I don’t have to go back on them full strength.  I wasn’t suppose to cut back but the headache was almost as bad as the pain and I needed some relief. 

Why am I sharing my “pain hell” story you ask.  Because this issue of TMC was scheduled to be published August 7th but it’s going to be August 20th or so before I will have it ready.  The forthcoming articles are—as always—wonderful and ones you don’t want to miss. 

To anyone who has ever had a root canal my condolences and to those who haven’t, I pray that you never do. 

from your Faithful Scribe, Linda
Publisher of

Catherine of Aragon & the Passages exhibit

July 16, 2011

Good eventide to you all,

FANTASTIC news regarding the exhibit Passages and their statement that Catherine of Aragon returned to Spain and died there.  This incorrect information is being changed and history will be stated as it happened!  YEA!!!

To bring everyone up-to-date…

I found out that the exhibit isn’t part of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.  The only part that they play is in renting the space to the family that owns the artifacts and put the entire exhibit together.  This was a big relief to learn that a highly respected museum would not make this kind of mistake and initially refuse to correct it.  I want to thank the family for doing what is right and making the correction.  As I said before, people who go to museums need to know that what they hear and see there is correct to the best of the exhibits knowledge.

The curator I spoke to told me that others complained about the “re-writing of history” but that he believes my email was the turning point because I was the only one who presented historical facts to back up my belief that the information was wrong and that I also offered to put them in touch with scholars both here and in England.  He said that my presentation was both nice and professionally written.  Score one for keeping a level head about myself!  I stepped out of my comfort zone, stood my ground and it paid off!

Here’s what will be done.  The owners of the exhibit say they can’t change the lifelike animatronic figure of Anne Boleyn’s taped voice (I don’t know why because Disneyland does it all the time, but I digress.) Here comes an even better correction in my opinion.  They will be placing a plaque next to her stating that what she says about Catherine of Aragon returning to Spain is incorrect and that Catherine lived out her life in England and died in England.  I’m paraphrasing but the curator assured me that it will be to that effect and in a place for all to see. 

Having your support gave me the courage to keep going until I found someone who would not only listen but who could make the necessary changes.  Thank you.

From your Faithful Scribe, Linda
Publisher of

Passages in OKC & Catherine of Aragon – they claim she died in Spain. I say WHAT!

July 1, 2011

Good eventide to you!

I toured the bible exhibit Passages in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art a few weeks back.  I must say that the exhibit is wonderful but I am sadden and very disappointed that they have chosen to tell their visitors that Catherine of Aragon was sent back to Spain by Henry VIII and died there.  I contacted them to say “To my knowledge Henry VIII sent Catherine of Aragon first to Richmond in 1529 and for some years she was moved between castles in England when in 1534 she was moved to Kimbolten Castle where she died in 1536.  Henry ordered a state funeral for her as the widow of the Prince of Wales (because of her marriage to Arthur, Henry’s brother who died making way for Henry to become king).  She is buried in Peterborough Abbey known today as Peterborough Cathedral in the east of England. Why would Henry have sent her to Spain and then brought her back for burial in England?”  The Retail Manager at the museum emailed me back with the following “I followed up with our scholars today and they informed me that Catherine of Aragon returned to Spain and died there.  They also informed me that this issue is an issue of scholarly debate and we have chosen this interpretation for the exhibit.”

My response is WHAT??  Can you believe that any scholar–or anyone for that matter–who knows Henry VIII’s time period or who took the time to do a wee bit of research would make such a statement.  I have studied Henry VIII for years.  Even had discussions with scholars in England about him and his wives and no where was it said that Catherine of Aragon returned to Spain.    If what the museum’s scholars say is true then I wish they would have enlightened me but they declined to offer any references in the email. 

What do you say? 

Your faithful Scribe, Linda
Publisher of

The Medieval Chronicle’s printable PDF newsletter is here!

June 14, 2011

Hello everyone!

The printable PDF version of TMC is now available.  Please go to , scroll to bottom of the scroll and click on A Printable PDF Newsletter.