Julie, Richard, and Tia Tamblyn provided gracious hospitality during my research visits and taught me about the ancient Bury Down hillfort and the history of Botelet, the manor in its shadow, listed in the Domesday Survey of 1086.
Mary Jones—historian, writer, Chair of the Old Cornwall Society, and docent for the town of Lostwithiel—provided illuminating details on Restormel Castle and thirteenth-century life in Cornwall, and held my feet to the fire when my early drafts went awry.
Church historian Carole Vivian took me to churches and sacred sites throughout Cornwall, teaching me about pre-Christian Cornwall and the role of the Church in medieval life.
Beta readers Peggy Di Pastina, Jacqui Doran, Cindy Duda, and Mary Jones read the early drafts and offered the suggestions and questions that moved the story along to the next draft. Author Boman Desai and editor Vinnie Kinsella helped me polish the manuscript for submission, and Zumaya editor Elizabeth Burton provided the final edits that enriched the story.
To all of you, and to all who have enjoyed Megge’s story, my deepest appreciation.
And to David, Buster, Cassie, Princess, Samantha, Grace, Annie, Kate, Marigold, and Ollie ~ my thanks and love for this charmed life you give me.