The hotly anticipated book chronicling the importance of Dunstable’s medieval years was launched on Saturday to mark the 800th anniversary of the Augustinian Priory.
Medieval Dunstable: Its Monasteries, Manors, Markets and Melees was compiled by local historian Jean Yates and tells the story of the importance of Dunstable’s early years.
The book was made possible by a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is made up of research conducted by local historians.
Mrs Yates said: “The launch went very, very well – I was absolutely delighted.
“We had people come from a number of the villages, people of all ages. It was quite something.
“There is something for everybody in the book. Knights on horseback are particularly exciting – you don’t have to be interested in churhes to appreciate this book.”
The event also saw the launch of a special exhibition at Priory House, based on the exciting findings of the book.
The free exhibition features artefacts uncovered by research undertaken in the last three years.
Mrs Yates said that a quarter of the books have already been sold, and if sales continue to go well, we could soon be reading volume two of the book.
She said: “We’ve made a good start towards volume two. You do need money to keep these things going, but if we can afford to we would very much like to write more books.
“There is definitely more to the horseback competitions and the stories of the Priory in Derbyshire.
“The project will continue, the research has thrown up some things that need following up.”
Copies of the book can be purchased from Priory House in High Street South – priced £12.50.
Medieval Dunstable: Its Monasteries, Manors, Markets and Melees comes with a free DVD full of exciting and interactive extra features.