Tag: Early Medieval Scotland

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…

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…

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…

Where in the world is Dál Riata?

  Paula de Fougerolles 2009 Looking across Loch Crinan at Duntrune Castle from the Loch Crinan Hotel The early medieval kingdom of Dál Riata (or Dalriada, as it is now commonly known) comprises much of the modern Scottish region of Argyll and Bute.  The original heartland of the kingdom of Scotland, this is the part…