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PALACE LIVES: Launch event for new book exploring Kings Langley’s royal history

 Published on: 30th October 2023   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

A book has been launched which details the fascinating history of a former medieval palace in Kings Langley.

Palace Lives by Michael Long tells the extraordinary royal history of Kings Langley and the former palace that once stood in the village.

The book was launched at a well-attended presentation and event at All Saints Church on Saturday, September 30.

Palace Lives was declared published by Father James, with several other local dignitaries also in attendance.

This included councillor Richard Roberts, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council; the Venerable Charles Hudson, Archdeacon of St Albans; Howard Button, chairman of Kings Langley Parish Council; councillor William Allen, Mayor of Dacorum; Terry Douris, chairman of Hertfordshire County Council, and several others.

After the launch, a signing session took place in the Church Hall, with queues lasting more than an hour.

Speaking of Michael’s behalf, editor Scott Hastie said: “It’s terrific that, at long last, the extraordinary story of Kings Langley’s fabulous medieval royal palace is now being told.

“Not least because we are confident that revenues from our new book will help fund the discovery of more exciting insights into Kings Langley’s exceptional and unique past.”

On behalf of Kings Langley Local History & Museum Society, the publishers of Palace Lives, co-chairman Richard Garnett Harper said: “It is so good that there has now been two highly successful events in the village church drawing attention to the royal palace and the great heritage to be found in the village.

“As it is central to the society’s aims to encourage public appreciation of local history, we are delighted that so many people enjoyed our event.”

Palace Lives is available from the library in the Nap and from several local retailers in the High Street.

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