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What Happened at Corfe in 978?

Today, the chalk hill of Corfe on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset is crowned by the ruins of, for the most part, a 12th century Norman castle. But in Anglo-Saxon times a hunting lodge stood on the hill, and … Read More

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Review: The Ceremony of Innocence, a play written in 1968 by Ronald Ribman

It is Christmas Eve in the year 1013. The king of England, Ethelred, has retired to a cell in a monastery on the Isle of Wight. He is mournful, despairing, and self-exiled from his court and kingdom due to remorse … Read More

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The Riddle of the Stones

They had arrived at last at a long, low ridge where the standing stone, its edges scored in primitive runes, pointed skyward. Athelstan checked his horse beside the ancient, lichen-covered stone. Gazing into the shallow vale beyond, he caught his … 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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Æthelred II – the Haunted King

On 23 April 1016, King Æthelred II died in London. He was about 50 years old, and he’d ruled England for 38 years. At his death he’d not yet been given the byname, Unræd, (ill-counseled, a play on the Old … 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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The Ghosts of Christmases Past

Did you notice that, this year, the Christmas shopping season began considerably earlier than in the past?  Christmas decorations now appear in store windows right after Halloween – pumpkins to pine trees in the blink of an eye. Many shops … Read More

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#Bookaday for June 5: Doesn’t Belong to Me

This book belongs to my next-door-neighbor. We belong to a book group and are currently reading this novel about Gerard Manley Hopkins and the event in 1875 upon which he based his poem The Wreck of the Deutschland. Five nuns, … Read More

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#Bookaday for June 3: One with a Blue Cover

I love the cover of this book, all of it in shades of blue, even the trees, the birds and their shadows – imagery that reflects the natural world of Griffith’s novel, set in 7th century Anglo-Saxon England. What really … Read More

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