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A Remarkable Devon Woman

A Remarkable Devon Woman

Yesterday, we brought you details of the Exeter Forum event, where Rosemary Griggs will talk about her research and the writing of A Woman of Noble Wit. Today, we have the second of Rosemary’s talks on Wednesday 3rd November. She’s moved around the corner from The Mint Church to St Nicholas Priory. And she’s going to talk about the subject of her book: Katherine Champernowne, a remarkable Devon woman.

Drawing on her research, Rosemary will explore the life and times of Katherine and her family in sixteenth century Devon. The mother of Sir Walter Raleigh, she ended her days in a house close by the Palace Gate in Exeter. A Woman of Noble Wit is her story.

Rosemary Griggs writes historical novels based on the sixteenth century, inspired by women who have to balance duty and love in turbulent times. She makes her own historical clothing which she wears for her talks. Rosemary has discovered many fascinating stories in her research and as a volunteer with the National Trust; and she makes regular appearances as a history interpreter.