Author Archives: Sally

Sixth and Seventh-Century Welsh Saints

The heyday of the early Celtic saints was the sixth century, but a few were also active in the early seventh century. There are several sources of information on their lives, all of them problematic from the point of view … Continue reading

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Bede’s legacy and the real games of thrones

I have just finished reading Annie Whitehead’s historical novel: Cometh the Hour. This is not a long book but all the same, it has the scope of saga. It deals with the seventh-century life and death of King Penda of … Continue reading

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Early medieval Powys and Pengwern

I am just beginning to think about book 3 of the Kith and Kin Trilogy and I have decided to set much of the action in Powys. However, as soon as I began researching locations, I hit an even bigger … Continue reading

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Review of Death in Elmet

There is a lovely review of Death in Elmet on Kindle: ‘Well done mystery history. I enjoyed the characters and their eventual successful interactions. Good development of story line and conclusion.’ https://www.amazon.com/Death-Elmet-Medieval-Mystery-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B075ZNPCLH/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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The Nature of the Anglo-Saxon Conquest of Britain

This post represents further musings on a topic that has interested me for many years. It was prompted by the posting of a couple of articles on a Facebook group – Anglo-Saxon History and Language – by Steve Sholl. The … Continue reading

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Moss on Trees

I had an interesting conversation over Christmas, about finding direction using moss on trees. The basic idea is that you can find your way in a forest by checking the moss – that it only grows on one side of … Continue reading

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Power in Medieval Gwynedd

I have just finished working my way through three books on medieval Wales, two of them about Gwynedd. The most general is Celtic Christianity in Early Medieval Wales by Oliver Davies (University of Wales Press 1996). Essentially, if I understand … Continue reading

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Book 1 Published

Book 1 of the Kith and Kin Trilogy is now available to download from Amazon Kindle. It seems to be easier to find under the title: Death in Elmet https://www.amazon.com/Death-Elmet-Medieval-Mystery-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B075ZNPCLH/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 than under my name Sally Wilde Kindle’s guide to self-publishing … Continue reading

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Wales vs Scotland and the Games of Thrones

I have just returned home from a holiday in Europe which, among other things, included a few days in Scotland. The theme of the holiday was touring by train and, quite by accident, we began the Scottish phase of the … Continue reading

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Death in Elmet

Well, the trilogy (Kith and Kin) about the life and loves of Godgifu of Deira is moving along. Book 1 (Death in Elmet) has been finished for some time, but I was waiting until I had completed Book 2 before … Continue reading

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