Final Sale – A Palace For Our Kings






As A Palace For Our Kings by James Wright reaches its first birthday we have taken the decision to reduce the price of the book to just £10 + postage.

Head over to our online shop to take advantage of this offer.

Released in June 2016 – and entering into a three print editions in under six months – the publication has been described as “an informative, rewarding read” , “a marvel to read” and “bursting with meticulous facts“.

The author, James Wright, said: “The journey that I have been on with A Palace For Our Kings began in 2004 and has occupied my life for over thirteen years. I do hope that those who read the book will enjoy reading it every much as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it. Now is a very good time to concentrate on brand new research on other equally absorbing sites and subjects.”

Consequently, this will be the final edition of A Palace For Our Kings and when the remaining stock is gone it will not be reprinted again.


Third Reprint & New Low Price for A Palace For Our Kings

We’re really very pleased to announce that A Palace For Our Kings by James Wright has gone to press again – for a third time!

To celebrate this we have reduced the price and lowered the postage costs at the Triskele Publishing online shop. The book on the history and archaeology of a Mediaeval royal palace in the heart of Sherwood Forest can now be purchased for just £17 all inclusive.

It was a big decision to make after the revised second edition completely sold out. However, it was a choice that has been supported by the large number of public lectures and events which the author has been invited to present at. Additionally, now that the book has been stocked nationwide by Waterstones we are experiencing increased numbers of orders.

Essentially, so long as there is a healthy demand for A Palace For Our Kings we are now happy to keep reprinting until the image licencing agreements with our partner organisations reach capacity.

After all, to quote the author, James Wright: “There is simply no point in doing archaeology if you do not tell people what you have done!”

January Sale

Throughout the month of January 2017, Triskele Publishing are offering a discount of just £15 (UK orders only) on copies of A Palace For Our Kings – The history and archaeology of a Mediaeval royal palace in the heart of Sherwood Forest by James Wright. 

Orders of the book placed between Sunday 1 and Tuesday 31 January will be reduced to just £15  and postage and packing will be free (UK orders only). This offer only applies to orders placed through the Triskele Publishing online shop.

Recent praise for A Palace For Our Kings:

“A Palace for Our Kings lovingly restores Clipstone to its rightful place in history as an iconic forest palace.”

“The most important published text to date on King John’s Palace.”
– Thoroton Society

“Written in a wonderful, conversational manner which makes it accessible to all, and tells a truly fascinating story which made it a pleasure, and a privilege, to read.”
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“The passion which James [Wright] has for the site is evident, it is very well researched and written and is bursting with meticulous facts that will appeal to the specialist, academic and general populous alike.”
– Nottinghamshire Historian

New Revised Edition: A Palace For Our Kings

twellman_frontcoverThe tremendous success of our first title – A Palace For Our Kings by James Wright – has led to great demand for a second print run. The book sold out of its entire first edition in under three months.

Given that there were some very minor errors in the first edition (a small amount of misplaced punctuation) we have taken this opportunity to revise the text of the book to ensure that everything is now 100% perfect.

This revised edition will also be a strictly limited print run in paperback format complete with full colour illustrations.

The book is now available from our online shop



Launch Events: A Palace For Our Kings

To celebrate the release of A Palace For Our Kings by James Wright we have arranged a series of launch events at which the author will speak in person about the subject of the history and archaeology of the Mediaeval royal palace in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

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Free event although booking is essential via

Full details available via the museum event page.



  • Saturday 25 June 2016, 2pm, Lowdham Book Festival, Methodist Chapel, Main Street, Lowdham, NG17 7AB Free event
  • Please note that, due to a family bereavement, the author will no longer be appearing at Clipstone Community Gala on Saturday 16 July. We wish the organisers all the best for the event and hope that it is a very great success.
  • If you would like to book James Wright to speak about A Palace For Our Kings please write to us outlining the nature of your event via our contact form.




Bookshops selling A Palace For Our Kings

dscf7075As well as being available from online suppliers, Triskele Publishing and Amazon, our latest release A Palace For Our Kings by James Wright is also available from a number of traditional bookshops in the following locations:

  • Five Leaves, 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH
  • Waterstones, 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GR
  • Bookworm, 1 Spa Lane, Retford, DN22 6EA

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Jonathan Foyle contributes the foreword to A Palace For Our Kings

Jonathan_FoyleRenowned architectural historian Dr Jonathan Foyle has contributed the foreword to A Palace For Our Kings by James Wright. The book relates the history and archaeology of a Mediaeval royal palace in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

Jonathan is a broadcaster, journalist and historic buildings consultant with a background in heritage conservation, research and curating buildings such as Hampton Court. He is Visiting Professor in Conservation at the University of Lincoln and has authored monographs on the cathedrals at Lichfield, Lincoln and Canterbury. Perhaps he is best known for his BBC television programmes Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? and Climbing Great Buildings. Further information about Jonathan’s work can be found on his website.

The two authors first encountered one another through their mutual interest in the late Mediaeval great house at Knole in Kent which was transformed into a Renaissance progress house during the early seventeenth century. Their shared enthusiasm and expertise for the subject of Mediaeval and Early Modern buildings has led to a collaboration on the book A Palace For Our Kings written about one of the very largest royal palaces ever to have stood in England.

Jonathan said: “Over the last decade or so, the author’s reassessment of the importance of Clipstone has led to significant discoveries. From the wide-eyed to the scrutineer, this book is warmly commended to any whose curiosity is aimed at better understanding that most enthralling era.”

James said: “Working with such a well respected expert in the field of historic buildings has helped to give a solid grounding to the study of Kings Clipstone. I am very grateful to Jonathan for taking such an interest in the site and helping to establish its rightful context alongside some of the greatest Mediaeval palaces in the country.”

A Palace For Our Kings will be released during the summer of 2016 by Triskele Publishing.

A Personal View of King John’s Palace in Sherwood Forest

by James Wright

I have spent the last six months writing a book. Quite a long book too. One that I’m very proud of. It’s not a dry or dusty textbook. Instead, my book is the narrative of people living their real lives – full of hopes, fears and desires – across over one thousand years of history.

The book, A Palace For Our Kings, tells the story of one of the largest Mediaeval royal palaces ever to have graced the British Isles. One that stood right in the heart of ancient Sherwood Forest, the landscape of legends, near a village called Kings Clipstone. It is as much the story of ordinary people – farmers, clerks, huntsmen and builders – as it is of kings, dukes, bishops and knights.

These six months have been based on over twelve years of research and fieldwork which themselves stand on several hundred years of study. They have undoubtedly been bolstered, encouraged and supported by a wide-ranging group of communities without which I could not have succeeded. Yet until very recently this was a site that had gone largely unnoticed.

There are fleeting references to Kings Clipstone in other books written on Mediaeval buildings and the occasional mention in biographies. Most authors assumed that it was nothing more than a minor residence, treated it as such and moved on without further comment. Many local people still see the roofless, ruined walls and consider it to be nothing more than an insignificant hunting lodge.

I first visited King John’s Palace on a very cold and blustery day in February 2004. I knew that these were the remains of a Mediaeval building that had associations with eight of the Plantagenet kings. Over time I began to understand that it was all that remained of a mid-twelfth century great hall built, in the French style, for Henry II. Once it did not stand alone on its hill in splendid isolation, but was part of a sprawling complex of buildings that covered over seven and a half acres of ground. This was once a vast palace, yet for centuries it had lain dormant and under-appreciated.

I was frightened by what I saw. The stonework was in a terrible state of repair, very close to collapse. What gave me confidence and direction was the tremendous vision, passion and enthusiasm of the landowners. They see themselves as the custodians of the site and their self-appointed duty is to pass on King John’s Palace to future generations intact. Five years later we were able to make good that promise through a generous programme of funding by English Heritage. That funding was hard won and was based on a great deal of research and campaigning.

Much of the recent story of the site has felt like a constant drive to reassert its internationally significant heritage. There was a real need to prove the importance and scale of the palace at Kings Clipstone. Whilst the prevailing notion remained that the site was just a ruined hunting lodge there was little chance to attract attention. The work has involved a multidisciplinary approach involving field and buildings archaeology, remote sensing, map regression, art and architectural history, landscape survey, documentary history, travelogues, historiography, nature conservation, oral history, etymology and consultation of a wide-ranging amount of secondary sources.

Gradually the true history of the palace re-emerged. It was visited by eight kings who held parliament, Christmas feasts and tournaments; were visited by the king of Scotland, a papal envoy and traitorous barons; built a fortification, great hall and a stable for two hundred horses; went hunting, drank wine and conceived a prince; listened to storytellers, poets and singers. Only when this story arose did Kings Clipstone have the chance to be taken seriously as a site that had a major significance.

Much of what I have worked on, in particular during the last six years, has been completely unfunded and voluntary. That’s just how it is in the heritage sector. Without a consistent programme of funding from the public or university sectors the majority of research is carried out according to the specific legal requirements needed as part of development or conservation.

Work at King John’s Palace has therefore bumped along on occasional pots of money, but has effectively been brought about by community volunteers. Of which I am just one. There have been several occasions when I thought that I had done my last piece of work on the site and could not clearly see a future for my involvement. However it has always been that local community determination which has unblocked the road and enabled me to persevere. Without this support there would not have been a book. I am very grateful and honoured to have worked with such supportive and visionary people.

And that is ultimately what it has always been about. The people of the palace. Past, present and future…

James Wright is a Senior Archaeologist at the Museum of London Archaeology. His book ‘A Palace For Our Kings – The history and archaeology of a Mediaeval royal palace in the heart of Sherwood Forest’ will be published during the summer of 2016.

This blog article was originally published via the History & Archaeology of Kings Clipstone Facebook page.