Friday, November 16, 2012
The dangers never discouraged Melusine of Luxembourg, especially when she has the support of her beloved count, Sigefroi. But she never ages, and the Church is watching...
Betrayed in battle, Sigefroi reflects on his many sins from the depths of a rat infested dungeon. Under torture, will he reveal her deadly secret? When her protector turns religious, what is a Fae to do?
As destiny never relents, can Melusine salvage her happiness? Can love truly redeem her curse? Or will she burn at the stake?
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Swords, Blasters, Romance with a kick
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Friday, November 2, 2012
It was no hardship to undertake the necessary research for these books. Northumbria is a beautiful and fascinating area, a magnet for anyone interested in history. Lindisfarne is still a powerfully atmospheric place with a real sense of remoteness: the island can only be reached at low tide when the causeway is exposed to permit the passage of traffic. When you stand among the ruins of the abbey and look out across the North Sea, it isn’t hard to imagine a striped sail on the horizon.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Swords, Romance with a Kick
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
|Luxembourg first castle - tenth century|
|Sigefroi's tower remains standing today|
Saturday, October 6, 2012
|Dark Age Warrior|
|Belt with inscription|
Friday, September 14, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
|West Stow Saxon village|
|door locking mechanism|
|different building styles|
What historical locations have offered you the greatest insights? I’d be interested to know.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
That’s what I’m up against with my work in progress: LADY OF LUXEMBOURG, to be published late this year. And that’s what I get for dealing with historical figures. Of course it wouldn’t be a problem if I didn’t care so much about historical accuracy. But as an author, I want to be as believable as I can be. I want the good people of Luxembourg, if they happen to pick up this novel, to feel that I did a good job of portraying Sigefroi, their national hero and founding father.
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Have a wonderful summer.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
|Ste Sarah (Ste Maries de la Mer)|
Many statues of the Goddess, revered by Pagans, were incorporated into the early Christian faith as representations of the Virgin Mary, sometimes knowingly, sometimes out of ignorance. Whenever a black statue of the Goddess was found, it was dubbed a Black Madonna and incorporated into the Christian church, possibly to prevent Pagans from worshiping old divinities. Even statues now recognized as Pagan by archeologists are still displayed in many churches in central France. One in particular was recently moved from inside the church to outside on the front porch, after it was officially identified as the Pagan Goddess. But it is still sitting in a niche at the church entrance, without inscription or comment.
|Isis, Queen of Heaven|
I’ve seen several statues of the Black Madonna, some ancient, others more recent. Some say she came from Africa and that's why she is black. Sometimes she is called the Egyptian, or Kali (the black). In India, Kali is a black feminine deity of chaos and revenge. But the early Celts also were dark-skinned before the Viking invasions, and may have emigrated in ancient times from North Africa or the Middle East. Possibly they brought the cult of the black goddess with them.
|Kali, the black mother|
Over the centuries, the cult of the Goddess somehow survived hidden among the Christian Faith. The most famous Black Madonna is located at the Ste Maries de la Mer on the French mediteranean coast of Camargue, where she is worshiped by the Gypsies as Sainte Sarah, or Sarah the black, as their patron saint. There are several in Spain and in eastern Europe. Many other black madonnas are mentioned in ancient manuscripts all over Europe but disappeared over the centuries.
Although somewhat of a secret in America, the Black Madonna phenomenon is better known in Europe, where civilization has older, deeper roots, and many traces remain of what existed before Christianity.
Marion Zimmer Bradley in her Mists of Avalon series also alludes to statues of the ancient Goddess worshiped as the Virgin Mary in Christian churches.
Curiously enough, a series of recent apparitions prompted a new cult of the Lady, especially in central Europe. Some believe she is the Virgin Mary. Others claim that although divine, she is a separate entity. Could she be the ancient Goddess who prompted our ancestors to worship her?
One of these statues figures prominently in PRINCESS OF BRETAGNE and in PAGAN QUEEN, Books 1 & 2 of the Curse of the Lost Isle series. There will be another Black Madonna in Book 4 of the series, LADY OF LUXEMBOURG, to be released later this year. That one is still visible in the crypt of the cathedral in Chartres, where she is called the black madonna of under the earth.
Please feel free to comment. This could be an interesting discussion.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
|Sutton Hoo helmet|