Queen Elizabeth Said to Spare Her the Fumes

Back in the day … when Robin Hood and his men were roaming Sherwood Forest they were also doing a lot of dyeing – that’s dyeing, not dying. The merry men dyed their clothes green using a plant called woad. But the smell was so offensive that Queen Elizabeth demanded they not come nearer to the castle than five miles. Not only did the Queen object to the intensely unpleasant scent of woad dyeing but the general population did too. The opposition drove the dyeing endeavors deep into Sherwood Forest and into other rural areas, far, far away from the villages.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)


The Guild (Book 2)


The Last Quadroon (Book 3)


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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