‘Three Blue Beans’ is a long forgotten Tudor nursery rhyme which we first came across in the play, ‘The Governour’.
Having both given talks on our many research interests independently, Steve and Jean began working together when a series of investigations required their particular combined skills.
Originally meeting through Bedfordshire Heartlands tourism in the 1990s, they found that they had a common interest in medieval history. This meant that Steve was pulled in to help with ‘Medieval Dunstable’ a Heritage Lottery funded initiative which Jean was managing.
In exchange, Steve persuaded Jean (in a weak moment!) to help him with ‘The First Grand National’ story. Other topics followed, including a major Three Choirs Festival presentation in 2016, involving a team of 18 musicians, readers and technical support. But, recovering the text of ‘The Governour’ has proved the most challenging, but also the most important, research project to date.
The future looks busy, with a promised booklet for English Heritage, an Augustinian Conference, a number of commissioned talks, and play readings on the horizon.