Author: pauladefougerolles

I'm a medieval historian and novelist.

Visit the Irish High Crosses (without visiting the Irish High Crosses)

I’ve just run across a link to a exhibition currently underway at the Collin Barracks, Dublin, site of the National Museum of Ireland–an exhibition of antiquarian plaster-of-paris casts of six of Ireland’s extraordinary High Crosses.   (www.museum.ie/en/exhibition/irish-high-crosses.aspx)  These casts were made 1896-1908 for display in international fairs and museum collections–to export, in this case Ireland’s, heritage in…

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Just a short post to pass along some words of wisdom from a true visionary: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner…

Exciting times

You’ve got to love the internet.  Thanks to blogs and Twitter and LinkedIn and the like, I’m finding all these folks around the globe who share my interests.  My community, as it were.  I just spent the morning working my way through a labyrinth of news related to Historic Scotland, all because of a LinkedIn…

Book II is done too …

It’s been a long hiatus, but a productive one, and I’m back with the news that Book II in my series is done too.   It’s called The Chronicles of Iona: Peregrinatio.  (That’s Latin for a “peregrination”, literally a wandering, but in this case, that is the early monastic case, a pilgrimage.   In Irish Latin usage,…

My book’s done!

Just wanted to let you know that my manuscript, The Chronicles of Iona: Exile is done and needing readers, and an agent and publisher. It’s a dual biography of St. Columba of Iona and Áedán mac nGabráin, king of the Scots of Dál Riáta, the first in a series of novels about their lives.  Columba is best known for bringing…

Princess Eadgyth (910-946 A.D.) is returned to England

Once again, medieval history (and my old department at Cambridge, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic ) is in the news, this time in relation to skeletal remains found in a crypt in the Cathedral of Madeburg, Germany, which may shortly prove to be those of the beloved tenth-century English princess Eadgyth (Edith).  Eadgyth, the daughter of…

Haiti needs our help!

In light of this week’s devastating earthquake, I want to take a minute to state the obvious: Haiti needs our help.  Not everyone can get on a plane and lend a hand in person (though I’d dearly like to), but we can all help with our wallets and our prayers.  Even a $5.00 donation will…

Have they found El Dorado?

This might be slightly off-topic, but isn’t this cool?  (And hey, anything medieval deserves a forum on the web.)   Satelitte surveys of recently cleared land in the upper Amazon basin in Brazil have found evidence of a sophisticated pre-Columbian city that may date from the ninth century.  Researchers believe this may be the fabled lost city of…