I was brought up in England and my research has taken me to family memoirs and letters at Nottingham Castle, the British Library, the Tower of London and Yale University.  From these fragments the St. Johns emerge, leaving a portrait, a sentence, a deed that seats them with us, telling of their hopes and dreams.  As I researched, my voice became Elizabeth StJohn Imagea conduit for Lucy’s story, recounting a passion for the England of my childhood where she once walked, where her portrait still hangs, where she lived, loved and found redemption.

We do not know Lucy and her family first hand, but the more we read their words, we feel their passions. Across the ages, we understand their fears and successes, losses and loves.  We are not so very different from them.

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  • Ted St. John| March 10, 2017

    The Lady of the Tower just got a nice plug on the St. John Genealogy and DNA Facebook group:
    You will probably make a few sales from the plug, but I would like to invite you to join us! It is a tremendously informative site, as is the web site that goes with it: http://www.stjohngenealogy.com/. Suzanne St. John heads both sites and has proven one of the most capable genealogists and historians one could hope for. She has just completed an almost impossibly complete book on the St. John line in UK, researched back to the Norman invasion. She is now working on a comparable volume on the DePorte-St. Johns. I hope to see you there, and hope that your presence will result in widespread awareness of your work!

    • admin| March 10, 2017

      Hello Ted
      Thank you for your kind note, and it’s very nice to meet you. Suzanne reached out to me a couple of weeks ago, and invited me to join the group, which I promptly did. It certainly is wonderful to find so many cousins all in one place! I will definitely visit the website, and look forward to exchanging histories with everyone. We certainly enjoy a colorful and interesting family! I’m currently working on a sequel to The Lady of the Tower, and will certainly share St.John research as I come across it.

  • Adrian Smith| May 4, 2017

    Thank you for a lovely talk this evening at lydiard house. It was nice to meet you and i look forward to reading your book.

    • admin| May 8, 2017

      Thanks Adrian – lovely to meet you too. Do let me know what you think of the book – especially now you’ve been “behind the scenes” at Lydiard!

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