‘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.”
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.
I remember reading James Jones The Thin Red Line in High School and being blown away by the dense, layered prose. It took me somewhere around three weeks to get through it because I would re-read some chapters twice.
Since then I read Jones’ WW2 trilogy to include From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line and Whistle.
Looking back now we can see Levoy was not only a writer but also a prophet in the sense he was sounding the ALARM of unbridled Government Tyranny and writing about his own death at the hands of Government Gangster Assassins with badges.
Only Blood and Suffering: Regaining Lost Freedom by the late Levoy Finicum can be puchased HERE.