Sir John Oglander, reputed to be involved in King Charles’ escape attempts from Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight prior to the King’s trial and execution in 1649, wrote memoirs for his descendants, and was sometimes motivated to write in his own blood.
Anne Jolliffe, rejected by her father, Walter, when her mother died giving birth to her, comes to live with him in Brading now that her aunt and uncle, who raised her, are both dead. She receives a stormy reception. Only Sir John Oglander is kind to her. Samuel Jarvis, her father’s objectionable employer and Landlord, makes unwanted advances on her. She is attracted to Paul Miller, who treats her with contempt.
Sir John’s and Paul’s lives are increasingly endangered by their involvement in Royalist activities to help the King escape. News from the mainland concerning the actions of the King’s enemies makes them increasingly fearful for the King’s safety.
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Dawn Wortley-Nott was born in England in September 1944, and lived in Chiswick with her parents sister and grandmother until she was seven. When her grandmother died the family moved to Greenford in Middlesex. Dawn loved writing poetry. She also wrote short stories in her rough book at school and hoped that one day she would write a novel.
In 1968 she married and moved near to Nunwell, the Oglanders’ ancestral home and estate in Brading on the Isle of Wight. When her two sons were older, she began researching the Oglanders’ history and home and the times that they lived in on the island. Then she began to write Quill of Blood.