Thursday, February 25, 2010


Today I received my final edits from the Senior Editor, Marsha Briscoe. Marsha does a wonderful job and doesn't miss a trick. Thank goodness I have someone who cares so much.

The book in question is A Saxon Tapestry. You will all have heard about the Bayeaux Tapestry, telling the story of the Battle of Hastings. Well I am telling the story of the aftermath, but taking up the cudguls on behalf of the Anglo Saxons who sadly lost. Sadly, I hear you query that - I mean wasn't it William the Conqueror the great Norman King who won a glorious victory. Pardon? I don't think so. I mean yes he did win but it was not glorious. Our wonderful King Harold had already fought one battle in the North East and been victorious, then he had to speed down to the Sussex coast to try to defeat the invader. He failed, is it suprising? He had to have been exhausted.

Harold and the Anglo Saxons were a very cultured, artistic people. The Bastard of Normandy (and yes that was what people called him) tried to overturn all this. They were not savages at all. A look at their artefacts will prove this to you. So much was lost but evidence of their wonderful artwork does still exist, as well as their literature.

Well, here I am again writing about the "underdog" First Richard the Third and now Harold and his people. I am just trying to put things straight - it's how I feel about things and my opinion is my opinion and I am entitled to it!

I think I will get a t-shirt printed, "I love Harold Godwinson" but if I do, how many people will know who he was???

Ta ta for now.


jrlindermuth said...

Why is it the underdogs always seem more interesting than the winners but get such little press?

margaret blake said...

absolutely, John. I just don,t get why that should be so.

Kathleen said...

Can't wait to read this book!