I read with great interest about the new book on Bertram of Bothel and look forward to reading it. However, it is what it is – legend with no truth in it.
To start with, the particular Bertram had no brother, and the depiction in the Hermitage is of the Nativity.
The legend was written by a bishop called Percy, who wished to prove he was one of the Percy family.
They, however, would not accept this as his family were trades people.
It makes for a good tale, exciting, sad and gallant, but that is all it is.
Warkworth (longest serving Hermitage boatman)