In THE SPELLBINDERS, Edward and Piers’s troubles begin when Sir Walter Langton – Treasurer, and Bishop of Lichfield – catches the two young men making love, and reports the details of their tryst to Edward’s father, the King.

The setting of this scene is a beech wood on Langley’s estate, Edward’s favourite residence. It is May day 1305 and the wood is gloriously carpeted with bluebells.

If you have never witnessed the bluebells coming into bloom in an English spring, here are a few pictures I took in late April 2017.


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Who can blame Edward and Piers for giving in to the urge to celebrate their love and lust at the sight of so much beauty?

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