The Murder Window

When Bertram de Verdun arrived in Ireland as part of King John’s first expedition to Ireland, he was given/appropriated land in the Anglo-Norman territory known as The Pale and erected a manor house in 1185. But our story concerns his wayward and scheming granddaughter…

Rohesia de Verdun, was married to Theobald le Botiller, 2nd Chief Butler of Ireland. After her husband’s sudden death whilst travelling in France, Rohesia returned to her lands in Ireland and immediately set about fortifying the land with a castle.

A mythical legend tells the tale about how her quick tempered reputation deterred all potential architects; so she offered her hand in marriage and a share in her wealth to the man who would build the castle to her liking. The legend tells that after their wedding banquet in the newly completed castle, she invited her husband to the bridal suite and urged him to view their estate from the large bedroom window, promptly pushed her new husband from the window, where he plummeted towards his death. A window hence forth known as the Murder Window…

Published by George Munday Creative

Fine-Art Photographer and Published Writer...

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