Troubador Claxfeldestane

Released: 28/02/2022

ISBN: 9781803130729

Format: Paperback

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A Kentish Insurrection


Chronicling the life of Jack Greenstreet through the Civil Wars to the Glorious Reformation, Claxfeldestane takes inspiration from factual evidence gained by the author’s research into his own Kentish ancestry, traced back to 1250AD. Knights and nobles were discovered bearing the Greenstreet name, and a Coat of Arms borne by Lawrence Greenstreet, son of John, the Prior of Rochester Cathedral.

Mentioned in ancient subsidy rolls, ‘Claxfeldestane’ is a 15th century, half timbered, Wealden Hall farmhouse. Part jettied, the house was built by wealthy Yeoman farmers and lies at Claxfield, on the Lynsted side of Teynham, Kent. It is at this Grade 2 listed abode that the tale centres, where the author’s ancestors resided and were recorded through history as *King’s Reeves: (*viz - Chief Magistrates. Stewards who organise manorial affairs.)

A Royalist, supporting King Charles 1st, Cavalier Jack feuds with his father and brothers, who support the Parliamentary cause. He also crosses sword with his uncle, Lord Peter of Paynter’s farm, Ospringe, who is in league with Oliver Cromwell.

Seriously wounded at the Battle of Yalding, Jack is attended to by his uncle, Reeve Johis, and the Reeve’s son James.

Johis and James Greenstreet are destined to be the last Reeves of Claxfeldestane.

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Paul Anthony Greenstreet

Operation "Pied Piper" caused my birth in alien Nottingham - July 1940, when I should have been born a Man of Kent. Following the "Battle of Britain" I was brought home to "Hellfire Corner," Folkestone, to be raised in a Morrison air-raid shelter, midst intense shelling, bombing, and overhead dog-fights. On retirement from local government Architecture, I traced my Kentish ancestry back to 1250AD. This research prompted me to write my debut novel "Claxfeldestane."

For in excess of four years I have suffered brain disease, which has affected my speech. I have limb impediments and ailments of a currently unclarifiable neurological disorder. In short, I am a mystery to the medical profession. I shall carry on writing. I am preparing a second book for publication.

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