History. Writing about history. Unless one has lived actually for real through the events, one must do research as to know/get an idea of what happened as to avoid flights in the realms of fancy. Though imagination is better than outrageous lies. But then laxiness is not to be praised, right?
In 2013, we are lucky. We have books, internet, museums and bless their little mechanical hearts : metal detectors. And ruins like Whitby Abbey. Or shoud I use the original Streoneshalh. 657AD.
Lately the Staffordshire hoard is now 99 pieces richer. One would go as far as suggesting investigating the totality of said field and surrounding farmlands as to understand why so much warrior/male bling was buried there. Mighty Penda, Mercia’s War-Lord, where art thou?
But mostly books. And the internet which copy-pastes said books.
The amateur for early medieval Britain and France will visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford for Alfred’s jewel possibly. He/she will also visit Rutupiae and Reculver. Because contrary to what is commonly said : there are numerous Saxon artifacts around. Hidden, humble yet around. When one is lucky enough to see from one’s own eyes the door through which walked in and out your character (your real life character) bearing in mind said character breathed some 1500 years before your time, it gives such a unique joy in the sharing of actually really touching the stone they touched.
2012 has been a good year. A very good harvest. Laugh if you want. Yet, I feel my characters or rather their souls/spirits/manes approve of my book. God and Woden are on my side.
Books, discovery, archaelogical remains, buildings, artifacts of fabulous art recently discovered or hiding in museums: thank you for sharing your knowledge and your beauty.
And two books; one to close 2012, one to open 2013.
Northumbria: the lost kingdom Paul Gething anf Edoardo Albert.
Northanhymbre Saga :John Marsden
Yes, all you want to know about the land Ida’s sons claimed as their own. Their lives were short but intense.They lived. Not so sure about us whose lives ressemble more and more to ants’ peregrinations.
In 2013, we do not have in possession a lot of things. We still have things to see for those of us who are ready to see. Like the trace of this Saxon door at Jarrow, shadowed by the two later and much larger side walls.
For 2013, let us raise our glasses and horns to enjoy more Saxon and Frankish discoveries. Let’s enjoy what Life has to give us. Let our lives be intense.