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Joan of Acre

On this day, 23 April 1307, Joan of Acre passed away in Suffolk, England. (She was my 22nd and two-times 23rd great-grandmother through her daughter Eleanor de Clare, my 22nd great-grandmother through her daughter Margaret de Clare, my 23rd and 24th great-grandmother through her daughter Elizabeth de Clare, and my 23rd great-grandmother through her son Thomas de Monthermer.)

Joan, the daughter of Edward I “Longshanks” and Eleanor of Castile, was born in 1272. Joan was eighth of 15 or 16 children of the couple (sources vary; two were unnamed). Although at the time of her birth, only brother Henry (born 6 May 1268) and sister Eleanor (born 18 June 1269) were still alive.

At the time of Joan’s birth, her parents were on a crusade in Acre in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. It was the ninth and final crusade to the Holy Land. Edward was the commander of the English troop, arriving in Acre in May 1271.

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Book Review: The Lost Girls of Paris

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. ~Christopher Reeve

In May 1940, Nazi Germany marched into France. Within a month, France had fallen to the might of the Third Reich. With France occupied by the enemy, England was in danger. Now, only 21 miles at the narrowest point (150 miles at the farthest point) separated England from this deadly foe. Something had to be done. In June 1940, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) was established. Their mission was espionage; undercover operatives would subvert and sabotage the Nazi regime by blowing up bridges, factories, and trains, as well as cultivate local resistance and guerrilla warfare.

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Edmund de Mortimer

On this day, 27 December 1381, Edmund de Mortimer passed away. He was my 20th great-grandfather.

Born on 1 February 1352, Edmund was the son of Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March, and Philippa, daughter of William Montagu, 1st Earl of Salisbury, and Catherine Grandison.

When Edmund was only an infant, his father died. At that time, Edmund became a ward of the crown, which indicated that his mother had already died (possibly in childbirth or soon thereafter). Edward III (my 21st great-grandfather through his son Thomas of Woodstock, my 22nd great-grandfather through his son Lionel of Antwerp of Clarence, my three-times 19th and three-times 20th great-grandfather through his son John of Gaunt, and my 20th great-grandfather through his son Edmund of Langley) placed baby Edmund in the care of William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England, and Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel (my 21st great-grandfather through his granddaughter Alianore Holland and my 20th great-grandfather through his granddaughter Margaret Holland).

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Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester

On this day 850 years ago, Robert “le Bossu” de Beaumont, passed away. He was my two-times 25th, two-times 26th, and three-times 27th great-grandfather.

Born in 1104 in Leicester, England, Robert was the son of Robert de Beaumont, Count of Meulan and 1st Earl of Leicester, and Elizabeth de Vermandois. It is believed that young Robert was the younger of identical twins; his brother was named Waleran. The two boys joined older sisters Emma de Beaumont, born 1102, and Isabel de Beaumont, born circa 1103.

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Gilbert “The Red” de Clare

On 7 December 1295, Gilbert “The Red” de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, 7th Earl of Gloucester, 3rd Lord of Glamorgan, 9th Lord of Clare, passed away. He was my 23rd great-grandfather through his daughter Eleanor, my 24th great-grandfather through his daughter Elizabeth, and my 22nd great-grandfather through his daughter Margaret. He was also my 24th great-uncle through his sister Rohese “Rose” de Clare (my 23rd great-grandmother).

Gilbert de Clare was born on 2 September 1243, at Christchurch, Hampshire. He was the son of Richard de Clare, Earl of Hertford and Gloucester, and of Maud de Lacy, Countess of Lincoln.

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