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Death’s Bondsman – Karen Maitland

Posted on: 05/03/2019 with tags: ankow, Death Bondsman, Gathering of Ghosts, karen maitland, Medieval

‘The echoes of the ghosts still whispered and sang through the cave. I turned to look back at the towering rocks. A red-orange glow danced and flickered through the crevices. The villagers said that whenever the heart of the tor was burning in the darkness it meant Ankow was riding up to the rocks on his skeleton horse, carrying the souls of those who had died. The fire would burn until dawn, and any who were awake in those parts would see the glow of those flames and tremble, afeared that, befo…

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A Gathering of Ghosts – Tuesday Tidbits

Posted on: 04/09/2018 with tags: Gathering of Ghosts, karen maitland, Tuesday Tidbits, Medieval

For her new novel, A GATHERING OF GHOSTS, Karen Maitland picks out some special Tuesday Tidbits relating to Dartmoor where the novel is based: Long-cripple Long-cripple is the Devonshire dialect word for a snake, usually an adder. It can also mean a dragonfly, lizard or slowworm (blindworm), all once believed to be venomous. Some leech wells or healing wells were given the name long-cripple, either because they cured snakebites or because they cured the same ailments as adder skins were thought…

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Karen Maitland introduces her new novel, A Gathering of Ghosts

Posted on: 20/06/2018 Medieval, Middle Ages

‘You’ll need more than a sword to protect you up there. Other side of that priory stands the most accursed hill on the whole moor. You can hear the dead whispering among those rocks. Hungry ghosts, they are. There’s many has heard them talking, and some even followed the voices into the caves up there. Followed them in, Brothers, but never came out …’ From A Gathering of Ghosts Some images make such an impression on a child that they burrow deep into his or her imagination. And, if that child gr…

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1066: What If…? – David Churchill

Posted on: 19/02/2018 with tags: 1066, conqueror, david churchill, leoprads of normandy, william of normandy, william the conqueror, Medieval

In a poll of more than two thousand people taken in January 2016, to mark the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest, 1066 was named as the most memorable date in British history. England had already been a coherent kingdom for more than a century before the Battle of Hastings. Yet 1066 is the point at which we still think of the country, as we know it, being born. But what if the English had beaten the Normans and thus not been conquered at all? The Battle of Hastings was a desperately hard-f…

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