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…

Is the Loch Ness Monster dead?

Researchers and fans of the extraordinary are despairing.  The number of sightings of the Loch Ness Monster has tailed off dramatically in recent years, so much so that many think the famed creature may actually be dead. But did you know that the first recorded story about the Loch Ness monster is in the Vita…

“In course of time Britain received a third race …” or The Peoples of the North

  Loch Crinan, gateway to Dunadd, the caput regionis of the Scots of Dál Riata There were four different peoples in Scotland in the early Middle Ages, speaking their own languages, with their distinctive material cultures, myths of origins, religions and ideologies.  All have left significant legacies in the history and landscape of Scotland. The…

Iona

Paula de Fougerolles 2009 The island of Iona with the modern Abbey left foreground, Dun I center   Iona, a small island in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, was a center of Christianity in Europe for much of the Middle Ages.  Columba, or Colum Cille as he was known, exiled from…