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Arapacana Press is a book publishing house focusing on the genealogy research and writings of John R. Mayer. His Extraneus series of books concentrates on the following surnames:
Strange, Extraneus, le Strange, L'Estrange, de Lestrange,
Alloway Strange,
Strang, Strong, Stronge, and d'Estreng

Our Mission:

John R. Mayer, a noted genealogist and author, suffered an untimely death in 1998.  At that time, much of his lifetime of work was yet to be published.  Arapacana Press is in the process of publishing limited editions of each one of his books and making them available to genealogy libraries and individual researchers.

Quotation:

"We are about to embark on a journey through nine centuries.  Our names, faces, and places are unimportant in an ultimate sense.  As humanity progresses through time and space in a continual struggle toward perfection, we study the fortunes and sorrows of others, aiming to find prosperity and avoid demise.  This is a history of the Strange family from 999 to 1998.  We shall explore the manor house and park at Hunstanton Hall, Norfolk, and examine places elsewhere Stranges have lived, such as France, Scotland, Ireland, and America.

This study documents the history of over thirty generations of a family called Strange.  The le Strange or L’Estrange family was the most celebrated and well-known branch of this family, and they lived principally at Hunstanton Hall, an estate in Norfolk, England.  Several other families emigrated to other parts of Great Britain and to foreign countries.  The narrative here is not intended to extol nor praise the accomplishments of these families.  We shall examine both the good and bad characteristics of these people.  In a broader and more important sense, this story will illustrate the evolutionary and historical pageant of Anglo-Saxon and Norman peoples, from medieval to modern times, hopefully without bias.

. . . With an emphasis on architecture, art, literature, and the humanities, we will view the changing world through many eyes.  Having acquired spatial dominance through their ownership of land, and temporal prominence through their succession of heirs, certain Stranges were fortunate enough to achieve a comfortable position in society, from which vantage point they were privileged to engage in several mental pursuits, such as politics, religion, jurisprudence, military service, journalism, and writing—the disciplines that control so many features of this world.

Humans aim to understand and control the space around them, the time before them, and the mind inside them.  The Strange chronicles give us one enchanting view of this struggle for achievement and enlightenment."

John R. Mayer, Extraneus, Vol. I, Book I, "Le Strange of Middle Britain"

News:

July 2012
CD's with a PDF file are now available for each of the Extraneus books. $15 ea

January 2011

Extraneus, Volume I-A, Le Strange of Britain and Aquitaine published.

Le Strange of Britain and Aquitaine is a sweeping thousand-year tale of ‘Strange’ lives intertwined with English and American history.

January 2011

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