A Descriptive and Historical Account of Folkestone

A Descriptive and Historical Account of Folkestone

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...to them, but the family tree of Folkestone must be gone right through, branch by branch. We commence with the lords of the manor. There is an old proverb about bad beginnings and good endings, and though proverbs are vulgar, they are sometimes consoling--too often the only consolation to be got--but I fear neither the beginning nor the end of this chapter will be what I could wish it. The first portions of our knowledge are like stepping-stones in an argillaceous district, few and far between, with occasionally a decided slough, over which it is not so easy to get. Doomsday Book informs us that Robert d'Arcy held Folkestone. Then we learn that it was in the possession of Nigel de Muneville, whose daughter carried it by marriage to the Averanches. 'Now there is nothing very difficult in comprehending how an estate may pass from one family to another, but when historians marry a lady whose father had more than reached the period of discretion in 1095, to a gentleman who died in 1230, it excites our curiosity to know at what age the fair one passed through the connubial ordeal, and how many years the old lady (we must call her so) really did number ere she succumbed tothelot of mortality. But this is notthe worst. Different authors have married her to different people. True, in her Parr-like life she might have espoused a whole era of generations, from the great great grandfather to the little grandson; but the truth is, Matilda Muneville was only a mortal woman, and exceeded not the usual term of life. William d'Averanches, one of the eight knights of Dover Castle, came over with the Conqueror, and Ruallanus d'Averanches, his son, was the husband of the fair Folkestone heiress. By this marriage was born the Sir William d'Averanches, who, in 1138, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123664168X
  • 9781236641687