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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Wolf of Britannia Update


The Wolf of Britannia Update
 Wolf of BritanniaWolf of Britannia, Vol. II


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!"


I'm almost 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 legacyor 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 cousina queen who wants Caratacus for herselfand 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 is Damaged

King Tut Damaged 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


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder May Date Back to 1300 BCPTSD in Ancient Times


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 link.



The Broken Lance - UpdateThe Broken Lance


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 


Check out 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



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