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The Song of Roland Part Two

The Song of Roland Part Two

The Manuscript The original Anglo-Norman manuscript of the Song of Roland came to the Bodleian bound with a later Latin text. Two men were responsible for it being part of the collection, Thomas Allen who bequeathed it to his friend Kenelm Digby...

June was all about a Museum

June was all about a Museum

FACADE OF MUSEUM Before Covid and before the other C word, I belonged to a small play reading group. We read a play every month for about 5 years and it didn’t matter about your age or your gender. We read all and everything and even produced a...

UPDATE. REBOOT. RESTART

UPDATE. REBOOT. RESTART

The end of March saw the end of oral chemo and for the last two months, I have been getting back to some sort of normal. The body is recovering. The hair has grown. It’s time to be a little more creative again. First of all, I was fortunate...

A Summer of Escape…in the mind

A Summer of Escape…in the mind

In June I had a mastectomy and I have been recovering from that prior to 25 daily sessions of radiology which begin on August 9th. That is going to take three hours out of every day. I had better get something up on the website I thought, because...

Women’s History Month 2021 and Me

I am just about managing to get this into the month. Where to begin? Historical fiction seems a good place and the first books I read about a great historical character was the trilogy by Margaret Irwin about Elizabeth 1 st. Young Bess...

September and The Living is Easy

September and The Living is Easy

Isabella of Angoulême was a powerful woman and for her time considered quite ruthless. Perhaps she gave back to the world what she had received. Happily in the words of one reader she is also considered intriguing: ‘Finished Tangled Queen. This...

BLOWING YOUR OWN TRUMPET

BLOWING YOUR OWN TRUMPET

Copyright: © Mike Turner via CartoonStock – www.cartoonstock.com/cartoonview.asp?catref=mtun766 The Hard Sell or Not? As a writer, an author with books to sell there are more things to consider than writing, editing, proof reading, agreeing...

ICE SAINTS AND MORE

ICE SAINTS AND MORE

The Ice Saints are St. Mamertus, St. Pancras, and St. Servatius. Their feast days fall on May 11, 12 and 13.There is often a cold or frosty snap on these days and this year was no exception. In medieval times farmers needed to know when to work...