‘The period of history which we now call ‘Anglo-Saxon’ lasted from about the mid-fifth century to the end of the eleventh, after the Norman conquest. Most surviving Anglo Saxon manuscripts date from the latter part of that period and the majority of them are in Latin, but England was unique in Early Medieval Europe in having a thriving vernacular literature also – written in a language we all now call ‘Old English’ to distinguish it from the ‘Middle English’ stage of the evolving language, which culminated  in the works of Chaucer and Malory’.

“A language and culture brought to us in the cut and thrust of sword and axe, the cry of the woman in her labour pains and the serf sifting the grain and obeying his thegn in the battle line.”



In Memoriam: Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins, author of ‘The Eagle Has Landed,’ dead at 92


I was sad to hear of Jack’s passing. His books were a big inspiration to me growing up, especially his Liam Devlin series.

Tonight I will re-read The Eagle has Landed and watch the excellent movie with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall In Memory of You Jack.

Rooted in the Soil

Rooted in the Soil

“Which is why the royal personage who was entombed in Plas Gogerddan in Ceredigion in Wales is so important because just like the ship burial of his ‘significant other’ overlooking the River Deben near Woodbridge in Suffolk, he, like his ancestors, are rooted in the soil of these islands and are markers of distinct cultures, unique customs and precious histories that shape and define who and what we are and what we may still become.”

I just recently finished The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England (400-1066) by Dr. Marc Morris and I HIGHLY recommend it to anybody who wants a deeper understanding of this INTEGRAL period of history.

I re-read some chapters two or three times, it’s that good!


Review – Mine Were of Trouble, by Peter Kemp

Highly Recommend all of Kemp’s novels.

Mystery Grove Publishing is a Great Resource for these types of Books.

A Mari Usque Ad Mare

Mine Were of Trouble: A Nationalist Account of the Spanish Civil War by [Peter Kemp  Kemp]

Peter Kemp was born in Bombay, India. His father was a judge and Kemp was educated to become a lawyer in the United Kingdom. Luckily, he was spared that fate, instead opting to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Mine Were of Trouble is a chronicle of his time serving with the Nationalist side during the war. Kemp saw the rise of communism in Spain, and being a conservative monarchist, thought he should join Franco’s side against the Republicans.

The Spanish Civil war is one of those long events that is known mostly by name, but little of the details is generally understood. This is likely because the war involved many different conflicts, not just political, but ethnic, ideological, and religious. In the Spanish Republic, around 1935-1936, it was becoming obvious that a communist government was going to take power through democratic elections. Several high level officers in the Spanish…

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