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Guest Interview with Historical Mystery Novelist Candace Robb

Historical novelist and mystery writer Candace Robb is in the spotlight today as she celebrates the re-issue of her Owen Archer mysteries in brand new editions from Diversion Books, on sale today as e-books and next month as trade paperbacks. … Read More

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Surviving Despite the Odds: The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry, as you probably know, is not a tapestry. It’s an embroidery that tells the story of the Battle of Hastings and of the events leading up to it. The Tapestry is 224 feet long and roughly 18 … Read More

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5 May 1010: The Battle of Ringmere

On 5 May in the year 1010, a great battle was fought between the Anglo-Saxons and the Danes at a place in East Anglia called Ringmere. In the fall of 2012, as part of the research for my novel The … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode IX: BREAKING POINT

A king is for glory, not for long life. Old Viking saying. The final image of the previous episode, ‘TO THE GATE’, is of a badly injured Ragnar vowing to conquer Paris. In this episode, the first image is, again, … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode VIII: TO THE GATE

“Paris,” Ragnar confides in a soliloquy to Athelstan near the end of this episode, “is everything you told me it would be.” As he promised, Ragnar has taken his fleet — and us — to Paris. More precisely, as this … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode VII: PARIS

In this week’s episode of the Vikings we have two story lines running side by side. In Frankia, Ragnar’s fleet arrives outside Paris. In England, King Ecbert introduces us to the word Bretwalda, and sends his son Æthelwulf to negotiate … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode VI: BORN AGAIN

This week, an open letter to series writer, Michael Hirst. WARNING: SPOILERS! Dear Mr. Hirst, I have a bone to pick with you. Don’t worry, I am not going to call you out for going all George R. R. Martin … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode V: THE USURPER

Oh, Sweet Heaven, I don’t know where to begin with this week’s episode. I have so many thoughts in my head, so much speculation, and even a discovery of sorts. Perhaps I should start with the title. The Usurper. By … Read More

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A Pre-Raphaelite Artist & a Church in Wales

“Be sure you go into the church and look at our Burne-Jones window.” I had just arrived in Hawarden, Wales and was being escorted up two flights of stairs to my room in the residence wing of Gladstone’s Library when … Read More

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Anglo-Saxon Art: Splendor in the Dark

Perhaps one of the darkest eras in England’s history was the Viking Age. For over 200 years, from roughly A.D. 793 to A.D. 1017, bands of Viking raiders attacked the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Britain. The entry for A.D. 793 in … Read More

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