Frederick Ernest Cooper was born on the 20th January 1877 in the village of Harrold in Bedfordshire. His early upbringing would almost certainly have included helping out on Crow Hill Farm on which he lived with his farm labourer father Thomas and mother Elizabeth.
This is the third of three episodes in the life of the famous Bishop Odo, half-brother of William the Conqueror and Lord of Puttenham Manor in the 11th Century. These episodes describe Odo’s thoughts and motivations during three visits to Puttenham one before the Norman Conquest and two afterwards. It combines factual information about the village and the country during that time, with insights into the motivation that brought about the Norman Conquest and William’s subsequent reign over England.