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Robert the Bruce and his Battle Axe

Robert the Bruce and One-to-One Combat It is fairly unusual, even in the period of medieval kings, to hear about Kings engaging in one-to-one combat with a leader of a rival army. They are just too important to risk dying. Sure, they are on the battlefield. Yes, they roam around towards the back with their […]

HG Wells looking into the future

HG Wells: Today we will look into the Future Writing about a “modern” author like HG Wells is certainly not my nomenclature. In my line of work in writing for Mysterium Tours, I deal almost exclusively with the Past. I write by candlelight late into the night, I attempt to make sense of the senseless. […]

The Red Dragon of Wales

The Red Dragon of Wales Wales is a beautiful country. From the rugged landscape of Snowdonia to the beautiful coastline of Anglesey, there is something in Wales for everyone. It is also a country of myths, legends, and magic. I mean its flag has a Red Dragon on it, you can’t get much more mythical […]

King Alexander III of Scotland and his Midnight Ride

King Alexander III of Scotland During my time writing this blog I have written about the deaths of a number of different monarchs. In the mini-series on regicide, we saw the cruel assassination of Edward II, the historical whodunnit with The Princes in the Tower, the euthanasia of King George V, and the overthrowing of […]

St. Isidore of Seville: Patron Saint of the Internet

St Isidore of Seville: The Patron Saint of the Internet Welcome to my fourth installment about Patron Saints and their origins. We have looked at St. George & the Dragon, St. Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland and St. Drogo the Saint of unattractive people. Today we are going to look at a slightly more […]

Gruesome Tragedy at the Smalls Lighthouse

Lighthouse Keeping is an unusual profession I have held some strange jobs in my time. For much of my adolescence, I was a professional snake milker. I am not ashamed to say that I, as many writers before me have, am not unknown to have worked on the various Emu farms scattered across the East […]

St. Drogo of the Unattractive People

Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder St. Drogo – In her 1878 book Molly Bawn, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford first coined the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.¬†Essentially she was saying that what constitutes beauty to one person, would be considered repulsive to another. Hungerford wasn’t the first to make this […]

St. George and the Dragon

St. George and the Dragon I find the small island nation that I was born upon a miracle. We have punched above our weight on issues ranging from politics, to ethics and science for the last 1000 years. We have a Royal Family that is a dynastic miracle. England has a History that is rich, […]

St. Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland

What is a Patron Saint? It is estimated that every 17th March, thirteen million pints of Guiness are drank world wide. Thirteen million! That is a huge amount! What is so special about the 17th March I hear you ask? Well, this is St. Patrick’s day, so called to mark the day the real St. […]

The “real” Macbeth and Shakespeare

The “real” Macbeth Most of us are at least familiar with the name Macbeth. In fact, I would go as far as to say he is probably the most famous Scottish king in History. He’s certainly the most famous pre-twelfth century Scottish monarch, go ahead, try and name another one… Most of us are familiar […]