The Wolf of Britannia
Hi everyone, For those who have followed my progress on getting The Wolf of Britannia, Part I &
II, this is the latest news: Sunbury editor, Janice Rhayem, accepted the final changes for the second revision of The
Wolf of Britannia, Part II. This what she had to say: "Your revisions look great, and I like the bit you added to Macha's
(The Sign of the Eagle) dialogue with her father about Dana's death. It shows she is grieving but strong, just like her mother
and father. The manuscript has been sent to Larry (Sunbury publisher Lawrence Knorr) for final formatting, and he will
be in touch regarding the last couple steps before the books (Part I & II) gets printed. It's been a pleasure working
with you. You have a really great book here. Good luck with the sales and all future publications!"
there. Part I should be published Feb./March and Part II August/September. I will make arrangements for book signings once
Part I has been published.
Below is a brief backdrop to the entire story:
When a young Celtic prince, desperate to prove himself to his father, is forced to gather every ounce of strength
and courage to fight an enemy more cunning and powerful than either he or Britain has ever faced, will he be able to save
his family, his sacred homeland, and his imperial legacy−or will his own head be among the next spoils of war?
The Wolf of Britannia, is a
breathtaking historical novel of action and suspense set in the years between 27 and 60 A.D., in the mysterious land of ancient
Britain and the majestic palaces of Rome. In the first millennium's early days, the Romans held power over most of the world's
people through disciplined savagery, yet many citizens fought to break from tyranny. This painstaking researched tale is one
such fight for freedom.
In the wilds of Britain, the soon-to-be legendary Prince Caratacus and his tribe of warriors
are facing down the seemingly unbeatable Roman army.
After winning the southern British throne, Caratacus
leads his people as they strive for freedom from the iron-fisted Roman rule that has nearly obliterated their culture and
lifestyle. As the prince fights alongside his wife, a warrior princess who takes no prisoners, Caratacus must also outsmart
a duplicitous brother determined to take the throne, battle his beautiful, conniving, and lascivious cousin−a queen who wants Caratacus for herself−and keep
his people free. Action-paced and steeped in ancient historical characters, The Wolf of Britannia is the story of one courageous
man who must conquer the entire Roman army or die trying.
King Tut's Golden Funeral Mask
"Want to hear about a bad day? They don’t get
much worse than this.
King Tut’s 3,300-year-old funeral
mask, called “the most famous archaeological relic in the world,” has been permanently damaged, Cairo’s Egyptian
Museum announced this week. It’s still not entirely clear what happened. But it seems Tut’s drooping beard was somehow
knocked off at some point last year. And then everything went from bad to worse.
Competing stories abound, the
Associated Press found. 'Three of the museum’s conservators reached by telephone gave differing accounts of when the
incident occurred last year, and whether the beard was knocked off by accident while the mask’s case was being cleaned,
or was removed because it was loose', the news agency reported." For further information, see the below link.
King Tut's Mask
Stress Disorder May Date Back to 1300 BC
Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously
thought - say researchers.
The team at Anglia Ruskin University analyzed translations from ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia.
Accounts of soldiers being visited by "ghosts they faced in battle" fitted with a modern diagnosis of PTSD.
The condition was likely to be as old as human civilization, the researchers concluded. Prof Jamie Hacker Hughes, a former
consultant clinical psychologist for the Ministry of Defense, said the first description of PTSD was often accredited to the
Greek historian Herodotus.
Referring to the warrior Epizelus during the battle of Marathon in 490BC he wrote:
"He suddenly lost sight of both eyes, though nothing had touched him."
But Prof Hughes' report - titled
Nothing New Under the Sun - argues there are references in the Assyrian Dynasty in Mesopotamia between 1300BC and 609BC.
In that era men spent a year being toughened up by building roads, bridges and other projects, before spending a year
at war and then returning to their families for a year before starting the cycle again. For further details see the below
The Broken Lance - Update
Spent another Saturday afternoon at a meeting of the Spokane Novelist Group (the group
meets the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the Otis Orchards Community Church, Otis Orchards, Washington) reading
another segment from my ongoing historical, The Broken Lance. I have a lot of rewriting ahead of me. The group got on me because
the slave describing an accident and death to my main character, Marcellus, sounded far too lofty for his station and
education (the story takes place in First Century AD Rome). Back to the drawing boards on this one. This is one of the few
times the group has found major errors in one of my chapters. That's okay, this is a tough group and they keep me honest.
Rather have it this way than not.
Ancient World Notes
the next installment of Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome, Part XV. In this segment I write about the
establishment of Rome's first municipal fire department, the Watch.
That is about it until next time. Ave Atque
Vale! Hail and Farewell!
Jess Steven Hughes