Rediscovering a lost medieval English family

My first proof copy of Volume OneIn the early 1400s, everyone in England knew the name Rochford. Family members were among the leading knights of the realm.

Yet today, all that survives are a few old place names, some muddled local histories, and very little else. The story of this family has been a mystery for half a millennium.

My aim is to unravel that mystery. Over the years I have collected thousands of pieces of primary evidence about the Rochfords. I have used these to reconstruct their story, from the 1100s until their final days in the time of Henry VIII. And on this site, I am sharing it all.

Rochford of Fenne and Stoke Rochford, Volume One coverVolume One:
The Origins Rise and Fall of an English Family, 1066-1550

Tells the story of the Rochfords of Fenne and Stoke Rochford through biographies of eighteen principal family members.

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Rochford of Fenne and Stoke Rochford - Volume Two - Source Material - draft coverVolume Two:
Source Material

A companion volume of records, citations, working notes, etc., for researchers. Contains all the citations for Volume One, 1200+ abstracts and transcripts, and commentary on their interpretation.

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Thumbnail of the genealogical chart of the Rochfords of Fenne and Stoke RochfordCharts & Maps

One huge genealogical chart, or a number of smaller ones, showing thirteen generations of the family from the 1100s to the 1500s, with coats of arms and illustrations. Also a few maps from the book showing various places associated with the Rochfords.

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Image Library

Pictures of monuments and effigies, coats of arms and heraldic artefacts, buildings and landscapes, etc., most of which are also included alongside the text in the book.

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