You are in the Forecourt of the castle.
You have successfully crossed the drawbridge and passed under the portcullis. As you stand just beyond the portcullis (for it is unhealthy to loiter under portcullises), you look out upon the castle's forecourt, an entry courtyard from which you may proceed to any of several areas of the castle.
This is the main menu, hereinafter known as the Forecourt. Please scroll down.
A word about the Realm
"Ex Stellis" in Latin literally means "from the stars," and refers to the full motto, "Ut in Stellis Iustitia," which means, "There is justice even in the stars." This motto is part of the Franks coat of arms specifically granted to this web site's owner and immediate family (and posthumously to his late father and grandfather) by the Chief Herald of Ireland, empowered by act of parliament to grant and assign on behalf of the Government of Ireland armorial bearings to worthy citizens of Ireland. No one else - not even others with the surname 'Franks' - has any right to use a coat of arms so granted. The above coat of arms and motto have been registered as a service mark.
Please scroll down, reading as you go, and enter the appropriate area of the castle.
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Welcome to the Forecourt.
Venture forth now!
Professor Franks's CD (Find out about it).
Professor Franks's book (Learn all about it, too).
The Royal Household (Meet the members).
Castle Communication Centre (Contact this castle by e-mail or otherwise).
Castle Library (Writings of great interest).
Castle Intelligence (Classified files and drafts of exams, off limits to unauthorized personnel).
Other Realms with Diplomatic Relations (Other interesting web sites).
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