Great solar eclipses

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On 31st August 1030 there was a total eclipse of the sun over…

A Real Viking Ship

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Although most of the images of Viking ships are of modern replicas,…

Historical Novels: the fact and the fiction

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Today I had the pleasure of giving an illustrated lecture to…

Rune stones – the Vikings only written record of themselves

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The biggest challenge when writing about the Vikings is that…

The Magna Cartas

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For the first time for eight hundred years the four surviving…

The poppies at the Tower of London

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The spectacle of 888,246 hand-made ceramic poppies lining the…

The launch of “The Wessex Turncoat”

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A basic essential of an historic novel is that the facts on which…

1066 and the Great Invasion in the North

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The "North"? Yes, perhaps the greatest invasion of England ever,…

The Vikings: Life and Legend

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I had been looking forward to the opening of the new exhibition…

The Birth of a Nation

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In the town of Jelling in Denmark, outside of the ancient church, there is a pair of massive 10th century runestones. The church itself stands between two impressive burial mounds.