So Many Sources!

Hello, folks and welcome to yet another badly delayed blog post. This is a short one, just to announce that I have finally posted my, again, long-delayed and promised webpage listing the sources I used for The Retreat to Avalon. It is far from complete, and I will add more as time goes on. The Read More …

The Tudor Connection to King Arthur

Claiming King Arthur lived in one’s postal code is a frequent pursuit. But claiming descent from Arthur has always been a trickier issue, because he is not said to have any surviving children. Or did he? Even in the fifteenth century, lawyers were mucking things up. The three decade-long War of the Roses had depleted Read More …

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone!  This day brings out another part of my creative side, as you’ll see in the pictures. For a moment, I’ll bring out my history nerd side. If you can suffer through that, you’ll probably enjoy the pictures. Halloween’s roots began in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced ‘sow-en’), celebrating the end Read More …

Eight Year Old Lady of the Lake

An eight year old girl raised a fifteen hundred year-old sword from a lake recently. Cue the memes of “Strange women, lying in ponds, distributing swords, is no basis for a system of government!” (My favourite scene from that movie.) Unfortunately, it wasn’t in Britain and it wasn’t Excalibur. It was in a lake in Read More …

Anglo-Saxon Religion in the Arthurian Age

Hi Folks, and welcome back. This is Part 3 of our exploration of the Germanic tribes that began settling in Britain in the Fifth Century. Today we’re looking at Anglo-Saxon pagan religion. As noted in the prior articles, the people referred to as Saxons by the Fifth Century Britons were made up of a number Read More …

Books, Trivia, Prizes and Beer!

Hi Folks, Jenn and I are really looking forward to our book-signing party tonight at Bull Feeney’s in the Old Port of Portland! We’ll be doing Jeopardy Style Arthurian Trivia for several great prizes, and everyone who visits gets a free raffle ticket for our grand prize. Also, if you bring a book, or buy Read More …