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Date: 7th June 2015

I attended a full day Conference on the subject of Magna Carta at Canterbury Christ Church University.  It was a very informative and interesting day - a few of the speakers were superb - enough said! Why, oh why do people not learn the basics of good presentation.  And these were not youngsters who mostly gabble too fast - they were academics who, in my humble opinion, should know better.

When I was at school we had lessons in the 'Art of Public speaking' which I'm sure are not given these days.  We had to write on a subject of our choosing and then deliver it in front of our contemporaries in class - a daunting experience but a good way to learn.

Apart from wishing to know about the famed 'Magna Carta' I had another motive for going.  I wanted to find out more about 'Bad King John'.  

Some very very distant cousins of mine have been doing research into the Pettit ancestry for over 20 years.  They are very technical and had two Data bases on which they based their work.  It would appear that an illegitimate daughter of King John (and he had many bastards) was married to a Sir John Pettyte who, it would seem, is an ancestor of ours.  I'm not very proud to be descended from King John but one of my heroines is Eleanor of Aquitaine, married to Henry 11 and mother to King John.  

In Mediaeval Times there were relatively few people in England - they got killed off in wars or died from disease and malnutrition - so if you dig deep enough most people will find that they are distantly related to 'royalty' even on the wrong side of the blanket!

I don't know how valid is this claim but it is rather fun isn't it?

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