Today we’re looking into the extended family of one of my favourite authors from my childhood: Cressida Cowell. From the moment I was gifted How To Train Your Dragon not long after it’s release, I was a big fan of her dragons series – and have previously covered her own children in this feature. Today we’re back to look at other members of her family.
We’re starting with that of her maternal grandfather, Major Hon. Alan Victor Hare and his wife Jill North, who had two children:
Marcia Persephone (b. 1946)
Alan Simon Mercury (b. 1948)
Both have wonderful Greek mythology middle names that I can’t not love. The name Mercury is that of the Greek god of trade (later given to the closest planet to the sun), and fittingly the name means to trade. The meaning of Persephone is uncertain, although many relate it to the Greek words pertho and phone, which means to destroy and murder, respectively. In Greek mythology, Persephone was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus, and was kidnapped by Hades. It’s said that her return to the surface for part of the year brings the change of seasons.
Cressida’s Uncle Alan went on to marry Hon. Alexandra Amery, and the pair have two daughters with charmingly alliterative:
Alice Alexandra (b. 1989)
Florence Freda (b. 1993)
Whilst Marcia married Michael John Hare, 2nd Viscount Blakeham, and the pair had three children, including Cressida herself:
Cressida (b. 1966)
Emily (b. 1967)
Caspar (b. 1972)