Sunday, 5 March 2017
The Lorings Of Tilford
Poul Anderson's Time Patrol series connects with Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series;
SM Stirling's Emberverse series connects with Doyle's Sir Nigel and The White Company;
Prince Rupert of the Rhine stars in Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest and is mentioned in Emberverse Vol II;
the Lorings were at Tilford before Woburn Abbey was built;
for a while, the land passed through the female line before marriage to a distant cousin restored the surname (neat!);
Lorings fought at Crecy and Agincourt and against the Spanish Armada;
one died fighting under Rupert at Marston Moor;
his wife defended Tilford against the Roundheads;
Charles II made the Lorings baronets;
some died abroad from Delhi to the Crimea;
Nigel's grandfather was killed by German shells in 1914;
his father was killed in action in Malaya in the 1950s.
Wow. But did any of them ever question the value of fighting and killing for king and country? This is an alternative history that celebrates history.
Addendum: Late last night, I merely summarized the Loring family history. To bring the story up to date, we should add that the contemporary Sir Nigel Loring helped Charles III to resettle mainland Britain after the Change but is now at odds with Charles because the latter will not restore Parliament.