Happy New Year everyone! May 2016 be a better
and more prosperous year for all of you.
2016 got off to a positive start with the
latest five star book review on Amazon that combined The Wolf of Britannia Part I & II into
one. Read the review below:
Great Book by Jess Steven Hughes
By Kerry Manus
This review is from: The Wolf of Britannia Part I and II
The Wolf of Britannia: Parts I
and II is a good story rich in history. It is crafted around the Britons and Romans in Britannia and Italy (Rome and surrounding
area) AD 27-60: tough people in hard times leading difficult and dangerous lives, and fighting insurmountable odds. If you
are a romantic, things don't always turn out the way you want. Such are the turns of history and everyday life.
of the historical era, the settings in Britannia and Italy, the customs, and cultures, I often found myself turning to outside
references to learn more. I believe the author, Jess Steven Hughes, did a masterful job of capturing the lives and times.
My biggest pleasures in reading the story were the descriptions found on most pages therein. I was fascinated by them.
When Jess describes a room, you are there, with all the people and the trappings. You learn something about its construction
and partake in the ambiance. In your travel through the countryside, again you are there, with all its odors, flora and fauna,
geology, weather, etc. When a hunting party returns, you don't merely understand it was a success or failure. You see the
results. His battle descriptions are like none I have ever read before.
Because of those descriptions,
I found myself rereading many pages to further enjoy the work. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do enough of that; I
will return to reread the books soon so I can better soak up Mr. Hughes' descriptive writing; and, I hope to further use the
story as a launch to research more of the history. Until then, I'll continue to randomly open the books and enjoy whatever
descriptive passages I encounter. I haven’t been disappointed doing that yet. (see link below)
I am in the earliest stages of planning a new novel, no title yet, as a sequel
to The Sign of the Eagle. Macha, the novel's main character, is determined to follow her husband,
Titus, to Britannia when he has been assigned to investigate a series of murders of petty government officials. The case also
involves the embezzlement of a large amount of money from the governmental treasury. As the investigation progresses, a conspiracy
is uncovered which involves the planning of another uprising on the size of the Beoudiccan revolt which had occurred eleven
years earlier (60 A.D.) The conspirators plan to hire Irish mercenaries, and to the shock of Macha, they are determine to
place her on the throne of the Trinovantes and Catuvellaunians. These are the Celtic tribes which had been ruled by her father,
Caratacus, before the Roman invasion of 43 A.D.
This is the basic premise and a lot of research/work must be
done before I start writing. It will be at least two-three years before the novel is completed.
Naukratis ancient Egypt's version of Hong Kong unearthed by British team: Excavation
reveals scale and importance of Greek city on Nile delta that dominated trade.
A major excavation led by the British Museum has unearthed a wealth of revealing detail about a Greek trading city in ancient Egypt. Wood from Greek ships and Egyptian
figurines dedicated to a “festival of drunkenness” are among more than 10,000 ancient artefacts discovered on
the site of the city of Naukratis, which was on the Nile delta. The ancient port is mentioned in the accounts of Herodotus,
the Greek historian writing in the fifth century BC. For further details click onto the below link
Ancient Egypt Dig
Why ancient Roman graffiti is so important to archaeologists
When it comes to ancient
Rome, the vast majority of insights into their world we have are from one group: Wealthy (or patronized) free men. According
to Charles Freeman, in all of the surviving works from Rome, only one author speaks of his life as a former slave—a
philosopher named Epicetus. Meanwhile, every female Roman voice has been lost to time.
But there is one place
on Earth that may yet hold their stories: The Bay of Naples, where in 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius buried the two seaside towns of
Pompeii and Herculaneum under feet of lava and ash. These places weren’t necessarily vast repositories of lost literature,
but the eruption froze them nearly perfectly in time, preserving them for nearly 2,000 years—and preserving thousands
of pieces of graffiti along with them.
Read more at this
Ancient Roman Graffiti
The Broken Lance - Update
I am nearly finished with reviewing the novel. So far,
I have reviewed 57 of 60 chapters, making several minor changes. I still have four chapters left to read to the Spokane Novelist
Group. As I wrote in the October 30th blog, I will split it into a duo-logy, two books (the word count is more 167,000). Regardless
of where I am at in my review, I will email the entire manuscript to my book doctor, April 1, 2016, for her analysis and critique.
Ancient World Notes
Click onto Ancient World Notes for the latest installment of Maintaining
the Public Safety of Ancient Rome - Part XXIII
book signing page for the updated list of signings, Winter/Spring 2016. Although more dates have been
added since the last blog entry, additional signings are in the process of being arranged.I do hope some of you will be able
to attend one of the events.
That's it for now. Until next time, Ave At Que Vale! Hail