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Wandering Through History

The brilliant historical novelist Hilary Mantel once defined History as “the method we have evolved of organizing our ignorance of the past. It is the record of what’s left on the record…It’s what’s left in the sieve when the centuries … Read More

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The Splendid Bookshop

“The book shop is just here.” The clerk at the Grande Hotel do Porto penciled ‘LELLO’ on the city map in front of me.

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A Personal Reflection on Fatima

I never intended to visit Fatima when I planned my recent trip to Portugal, mostly because I had no notion of where Fatima was.

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Into the Woods…Again

There is a timeless quality to my journey to Ashland every year. Granted, attending six plays over three days sweeps me into a make-believe world, even if the plays haven’t all been penned by The Bard. But there are other … Read More

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Jorvik. Part 2

Once you step inside the city walls of York, the modern world seems to recede. York revels in its history, from the artifacts of Viking Jorvik to the motte built by William the Conqueror to the glorious high medieval cathedral … Read More

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I first visited York in the 1970’s, and I was utterly smitten by the medieval city: the magnificent York Minster, York Castle and Clifford’s Tower, abbey ruins, the warren of medieval streets known as The Shambles, the museums, the shops … Read More

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Adventures in the Cotswolds

My current work in progress has a scene set in Gloucestershire on top of a hill called Ciresdune, which is now called Churchdown, and while we were staying in the Cotswolds we set out to explore it. From its summit … Read More

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Anglo-Saxon Oxford & Stow-on-the-Wold

Driving in Britain is such a thrill for Americans. Not a good thrill, mind you. Some people refuse to even attempt it, but I am married to an intrepid Canadian who is unfazed by the demands of left-handed driving. This … Read More

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About London

I am, once more, way behind in my posts. Today I am in Stow on the Wold, about to leave for points north, yet still dredging up my memories of last week in London. We stayed in a little flat … Read More

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Medieval New York

You’ll find medieval-like elements all over New York. Even the top of the Chrysler Building has four gargoyle-like creatures sprouting from its corners. The exterior of the Bedford Hotel though, has beautiful windows that caught my eye, and I’ve noted … Read More

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