Category: Writing

Abbess Euphemia – Nursing Ahead of Her Time in the 13th Century

A snippet from my forthcoming book, A History of Nursing, due for publication March 2019.   Euphemia de Walliers (1213-1257)  became the Abbess of Wherwell in Dorset from 1226 until her death. It is noted in some sources she was the ‘pioneer of modern hospital design’. Further investigation shows that Abbess Euphemia did indeed restructure Wherwell Abbey … Continue reading Abbess Euphemia – Nursing Ahead of Her Time in the 13th Century

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The Ancient Port of Chepstow

To celebrate the release of Secret Chepstow, here is snippet from the book It is hard to believe Chepstow was once such a busy, bustling, international trading port. According to the booklet The Chepstow Story by The Chepstow Society, a port developed in Chepstow shortly after the Normans came to power and early shipping is mentioned … Continue reading The Ancient Port of Chepstow

St Helena, Mother of a Roman Emperor, Powerful Empress and … a Nurse.

    Well, it maybe a bit more technical than that but she has popped up in my research for my current Work in Progress, A History of Nursing. Empress Helena (b.248, d.328) was the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine I, also known as Constantine the Great. She is now known as St Helena … Continue reading St Helena, Mother of a Roman Emperor, Powerful Empress and … a Nurse.