Category Archives: Historical characters

Crowns and Helmets

I am currently writing about the transfer of power in East Anglia in the years 634/5, when Sigeberht retired into his monastery at Beodricesworth (Bury St Edmunds) and Ethelric became sole king of the East Angles. Now, I have been … Continue reading

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Early Medieval Gwynedd

The next incident in my story is set in North Wales in the year 635 in the fortress of Deganwy. Consequently, I have been going through my files looking at all the background information that I have collected to help … Continue reading

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Deniseburn/Heavenfield

I have been wrestling with a problem of dating, which may be associated with the translation of Bede that I am using. (Leo Sherley-Price A History of the English Church and People, 1955, revised R. E. Latham 1968, Penguin Classics.) … Continue reading

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The Sequel

I am now back on track with the planning for the second book. At this stage, the first book is called Cuckold and the second one will be called Sacrifice. Both revolve around real murders. Cuckold investigated the murder of … Continue reading

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Review of Hild

I have just finished reading Nicola Griffith’s novel about the early life of St Hilda of Whitby. It is quite marvelous and I am sooo jealous that she can write like that and I can’t. Nicola creates an entirely believable … Continue reading

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Hilda’s birth

I have been getting some interesting comments from Robin Goodfellow on the birth of St Hilda, so I thought I would put them all together here and invite comments from the experts – i.e. not me! Robin wrote: “… We … Continue reading

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Preface

Just before Christmas, I did something very bold. I gave the text to somebody to read. Their verdict was, on the whole, not too bad, although they were confused by the Anglo-Saxon and Brythonic names ( I hope I am … Continue reading

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England in Autumn and the Death of Edwin of Deira

I have been travelling over the last few weeks, reminding myself about what the natural world is doing at this time of year in England. According to Bede, Edwin of Northumbria’s final battle was on the 12th of October 633 … Continue reading

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Taliesin and Aneirin

The names of a number of sixth- and seventh-century bards have come down to us, as have a number of poems in Brythonic/Old Welsh. But so far as I am aware, the link between poet and poem has only reliably … Continue reading

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A Trilogy

The realisation has been dawning on me that I am dragging my feet about re-writes on the novel because I don’t actually want to finish it(!) So today, sitting in the hairdressers (you can do that on a weekday when … Continue reading

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