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News! The Historical Novel Society is a literary society devoted to promoting the enjoyment of historical fiction. It is based in the USA and the UK, but there are members all round the world. The Editor of the HNS Review has chosen ‘Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed’ as his ‘choice’ in the latest edition and […]
As a wordsmith I have always been fascinated by quirky things about words. It was fun to compete with my school friends to find words which were spelled the same forwards and backwards. For example, civic, level, refer, solos. The real challenge was to find whole sentences which read the same forwards and backwards. In […]
Here’s an article I wrote for Isle of Wight County Press, published on 22nd May, about how the Island’s little ships and their brave crews played their part in snatching some sort of victory from the jaws of defeat. (click on image for the full article)
In May 1940 the all-powerful German army succeeded in driving a wedge between the French and British armies fighting to block their path. The British army of some 400,000 men had no answer to the efficient German war machine and retreated towards the coast of France. They grouped at Dunkirk, the sea in front of […]
Prologue “Gather round and let me set the scene to tell you how my adventure began.” The old man shifted his position on the stool by the fire and waited for his listeners to get comfortable. “I was just fifteen, my sister Ingir was a year older than me. Our mother had died two years […]
This is story about teenagers on an island in the huge lake which is west of what is today Stockholm. It is about a real place – “Birka”. This was once the wealthiest and most important town in Sweden. Its fame and riches came from trading. Viking merchants bought and sold goods from all over […]
How practical would it be sail on a cramped ship, to charge around forests with low hanging branches and to avoid detection by a wary enemy, with two large horns sticking out of the top of your helmet? Well, the fact is, it never was a problem for the Vikings because their helmets did not […]
On 31st August 1030 there was a total eclipse of the sun over Norway between 13.40 and 14.53. The eclipse happened during the Battle of Sticklestad. In the battle, King Olaf was killed, he later became the patron saint of Norway. His step brother, Harald Sigurdsson later known as Harald Hardrada, survived and eventually in […]
Although most of the images of Viking ships are of modern replicas, some real Viking ships have survived, although they have had to be lovingly preserved and repaired to put them on display. For me, the most iconic of restored ships is the Oseberg ship which is on display in the Oslo Viking Museum. The […]
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