"The Cast List"

Originally the book was to contain a disambiguation list because, as everyone familiar with this era knows, there was a regrettable lack of variety in the first name department. Matildas, Williams Geoffreys - and indeed Eleanors all over the place.

So I did have in mind to include a list making clear which Matilda was which, and so forth. Michael Prestwich was not too keen on it as an idea, and we were very short of space (as the manuscript went about 20,000 words over my contracted number), so this list fell out. In the Preface, I have instead said that if anyone wants it they can pick it up here or on the website.


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