Now that Veterans Day has past, it won't be long before
Thanksgiving (for those of you who live in the USA) will be upon us, November 27th. I want to wish you all in advance and
The Wolf of Britannia (the work continues)
The rewrite for the editor at Sunbury Press on The Wolf of
Britannia, Volume II, continues. I have finished one new scene in which the Druid priest, Havgan, has a vision regarding
victory over the Romans. Now, I am creating a brand new scene which takes place after Caratacus has been defeated at Caersws
and has fled to the kingdom ruled by his treacherous cousin, Queen Cartimandua. This takes place during a banquet in which
several of Cartimandua's chieftains have pledge to fight along his side against the Romans. After this, I will add an additional
chapter near the end in which we see a newly-married seventeen year old Macha (The Sign of the Eagle) and husband, Titus,
visit Caratacus before Titus leaves for his first assignment as a Roman officer at a garrison bordering the Rhine River in
By now, the editor should have emailed me the second review of The Wolf of Britannia, Volume I. I
know she has been swamped with work and that is probably why I have not received it. It appears it will be January, 2015,
at the earliest before this novel is released with Volume II sometime in early Summer (I hope).
While I am working
on the rewrite, artist, Tal Dibner, is painting a new book cover for Vol. II. I have already seen the rough drawing in which
we see a battle-hardened Caratacus facing his nemesis the Roman, Porcius, symbolic of the Roman invasion in 43 A.D.
A Research Aspect of The Wolf of Britannia
Celtic warrior woman training Celtic male
When I wrote the
The Wolf of Britannia, Vol. I & II, part of my research included the use of warrior women by the Celts. One of the major
characters in the novels, is Caratacus first wife, Rhian who is a warrior woman. There are several contemporary sources that
show these were as hardy and fierce as their male counterparts. Often as not they young men as well as women for battle. This
illustration is from the book, Warriors of Arthur, by John Matthews and Bob Stewart. Here we see a warrior woman training
a young man and obviously has got the upper hand. It was illustrations like this one that inspired my story. In one chapter
I describe twin female warriors training the young men and women of the tribe for battle. I also describe a Roman watching
the session with disdain that any woman would be allowed to fight in battle. This may give you an idea of the research that
went into writing these novels, including The Sign of the Eagle.
Discovery in Northern Greece
Picture from Alexandrian (Hellenistic era)
Link: Archaeological Discovery in Northern Greece
Northern Greece have found a skeleton inside a tomb from the time of Alexander the Great, during a dig that has enthralled
The burial site at Amphipolis is the largest ever discovered in Greece.
The culture ministry said the almost intact skeleton belonged to a "distinguished
public figure", given the tomb's dimensions and lavishness.
Chief archaeologist Katerina Peristeri said "the
tomb in all probability belongs to a male and a general".
The excavation has fascinated Greeks ever since Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited the site in August 2014 and announced
it amounted to "an exceptionally important discovery".
The latest revelations have only added to Greek
excitement about the identity of the person entombed at Amphipolis.
For more information click onto the above link.
Progress on The Broken Lance
Last Saturday, November 8th, I read part of another chapter from The
Broken Lance, to the Spokane Novelist Group. In this chapter Marcellus was recalled back to Rome from Spain (54 A.D.)
after being in exile for six years to be a commander in the City Guard. Emperor Claudius has died, some believed poisoned
by his wife, Agrippina. Upon his arrival he is met by the Ostian Garrison of the Urban Cohorts. He administers them the oath
of allegiance to the emperor, but to his horror, they pledge allegiance to him. His arch-enemy Gallus is present to witness
this treasonous proclamation. Marcellus must nearly beg him to explain to the emperor this was not of his doing.
The writers group found this chapter to be well-written with very few errors. Considering how tough this group can be,
I found this rather flattering.
Roman Cavalrymen in their Barracks
The enclosed picture (painted by Russel Embleton) is what the barracks of Roman cavalrymen
might have looked like in the First Century A.D.
The Police of Ancient Rome
Check my latest installment, Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome, Part XII, in the Ancient World
Notes segment. In this I describe the uniforms and equipment of the Urban Guard and more.
Note from a Face Book friend about THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE
I wanted to share to this touching note from my Face Book friend, Linda Bardzell, about my novel, The
Sign of the Eagle.
"Hi...for all my Facebook friends who enjoy reading historical fiction, I highly recommend the book written by my friend Jess Steven Hughes. The novel takes place during the Roman period and the story combines accurate history along with suspense, mystery , action
and even a bit of romance. I really enjoyed this book as did my teenage nephew. It appeals to readers that are male, female,
teens to adults. Please check out the Facebook page below and if you can give it a "like" It would be really
appreciated. Thank you !"
The Sign of the Eagle Facebook Page
Thank you, Linda.
That's about all for now. Until next time. Salve et Vale! Hail and Farewell!
Jess Steven Hughes