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And so this is…Saturnalia? The pagan origins of Christmas

Posted on: 25/11/2015 with tags: Anthony Riches, christmas, pagan, Thunder of the Gods, Roman

Thunder of the Gods author Anthony Riches on the pagan origins of Christmas. ‘Those people who, if a little cynically, take pleasure in calling the Christmas holiday period the ‘mid-winter pagan festival’, are closer to the truth than they might realise, because the ancient celebration of the year’s death and rebirth never really went away – or at least not when it was supposed to. While the idea of lighting up the otherwise dreary low point of winter’s shortest day and longest night with drinki…

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History Lives at Harrogate History Festival!

Posted on: 25/10/2013 with tags: Anthony Riches, authors, events, Harrogate History Festival, Lindsey Davis, michael jones, philippa langley, robyn young

The inaugural Harrogate History Festival kicks off this afternoon! We are delighted that many of our authors will be attending. Find out when you can see our authors: The Search for Richard IIILearn more about Richard III with The King’s Grave authors Philippa Langley and Michael Jones Friday 25th October 2013The Old Swan Hotel, 8:30pm To Battle! – Conflict in FictionInsurrection Trilogy author,Robyn Young,  will be speaking on a panel with Rob Low and A. L. Berridge. Saturday 26th October…

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Anthony Riches walked Hadrian’s Wall!

Posted on: 09/10/2013 with tags: Anthony Riches, Empire, Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain, roman empire, walk

Back in April, one of our authors Anthony Riches and two of his friends and fellow writers Ben Kane and Russ Whitfield walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall for charity in full Roman kit!  Though Tony kept us all updated via his blog, we thought it would be fun to bring all his posts together, which we have done for you here:  1. WALL WALK DAY 1 Firstly a huge apology to the people who turned up to Waterstones in Carlisle expecting to see three authors, including myself, at 1400 today. Our t…

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