Finding Camlann: A Novel
·Set against a rich historical landscape evoked by the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside, Finding Camlann is both a…
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Duke Humfrey's Library: "Once she is seated there, she feels the first infusions of a familiar tranquillity, a renewed sense of the order and importance of intangible things. It is a feeling that often overtakes her in a great calming wave as she adjusts to the mood of this hallowed literary space."
"A plaque tells the story of the ruined stone walls and pillars that lie scattered across the valley floor, the remains of the medieval Cwmhir Abbey. The simple tranquillity of this place, the magnificence of its isolation, commended it to the wandering Cistercian monks who first came here in the twelfth century."
Harlech Castle: "It was into these mountains that Glyn Dwr disappeared after the tragedy at Harlech. He was almost a broken man by then, broken by Gilbert Talbot who prosecuted the siege, who took away the wives and daughters of Owain and his followers and starved his many comrades to death." p. 269
"Written history has left only the faintest of clues as to the original purpose of Stonehenge. According to the ancient Greek historian Hecataeus, a far northern people known as the Hyperboreans occupied a large island in the ocean facing the country of the Celts. There, in a magni6cent circular temple, they worshipped the sun god." p. 108
"The chapel of Jesus College is a narrow, chilly space that seems to sap away what little warmth there is in the late autumn air. Its bold Victorian pavement of marble, alabaster, and glazed encaustic tiles sweeps through a broad gothic arch to the chancel and the vivid stained glass of the east window." p. 319
Glastonbury Tor: "This surprising, dramatic outcrop rising from the Somerset plain, with its prehistoric maze of tracks and terraces and its long dark ecclesiastical history, is perhaps no more than a curious quirk of geological fate. But to many it has become a place of pilgrimage, a focus of the sacred power of Celtic Britain, the secret entrance to the otherworld." p. 184
The Red Book of Hergest: "Along with this tradition went a great body of Celtic verse reaching back at least to the time of Aneirin in the fifth and sixth centuries, and possibly a thousand or more years before that. Only a few poor fragments were captured in medieval times in the Great Books of Wales." p. 321