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Why Are There Carvings of Women Flashing Their Genitals on Churches Across Europe? | Ancient Origins

The last place one would expect to see an image of a woman flashing her genitals is a church wall, but across Europe, most notably Ireland and Britain, there are dozens of them. Most are old women demonstrating rather exaggerated

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“Cunning Folk”: Witchcraft, Healing and Superstition | Pen and Pension

“Cunning Folk”: Witchcraft, Healing and SuperstitionPosted on November 29, 2017 by William Savage“Wise Woman”(CC) MidnightblueowlIt’s easy to forget that “Cunning Folk” had been a normal part of society from the Middle Ages and continued right through until the start of the

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Unleash your inner Viking!

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/11/27/icelandic-portrait-studio-unleash-inner-viking/   At Gudmann Thor’s workplace in Reykjavik, clients rage towards him with a massive Viking sword. Every day.

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Editorial review for Legacy of Truth

A great new editorial review from San Francisco Review of Books!   “Richly detailed and well written, Legacy of Truth is a treat for fans of historical fiction.” “If they made history in school this interesting, everyone would pass with flying colors!”

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Misfortune of Vision is on pre-order!

Misfortune of Vision book #4 in The Druid’s Brooch Series is on pre-order! While this is book 4 in the series, each novel works as a stand-alone. This is the first book in the middle trilogy, set in 12th century

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Call of the Morrigú is a Discovered Diamond!

A lovely new 5-star review of Call of the Morrigú by Kristen McQuinn at Discovering Diamonds  … This was, simply put, a remarkably fun read. Author Christy Nicholas weaves in mythology and history smoothly throughout the narrative. Readers are given glimpses

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Misfortune of Time – first draft DONE!

I pushed hard this weekend and got my first draft of Misfortune of Time DONE!   Misfortune of Time is #6 in The Druid’s Brooch Series. Books #1-3 are published, and #4 is due out January 2018. Book #5 is

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Great new HNR review for Call of the Morrigú

A great new review by Thomas Howley of Call of the Morrigú is now live on the Historical Novel Society webpage! It’s 1798, a particularly tense time in always rebellious English-occupied Ireland. However, the troubles haven’t yet reached the country

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Being realistic in historical fiction | Alison Morton Author

An excellent article on realism in historical fiction.   My guest today is Antoine Vanner is author of the Dawlish Chronicles, naval fiction set in the 1870s and 1880s. His latest novel, Britannia’s Gamble, was published last month (October 2017). Royal

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Into the Mound: Working With the Dead

In honor of Samhain, I’m sharing this excellent article on working with your ancestors.   Winterstar Ancestor Rite ACE held our 27th annual Winterstar Symposium in February 2009, once again at the Atwood Lodge resort in central O­hio. This is always a

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Blessing Your Dead – Building Bridges – The Lady’s Quill

Ritualancestors, dead, death, Gods, magic, necromancy, polytheism, polytheist, Samhain, witchcraft Source: Blessing Your Dead – Building Bridges – The Lady’s Quill

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The History Girls: Corhampton Church – a Saxon gem in Provincia Meanwarorum

Source: The History Girls: Corhampton Church – a Saxon gem in Provincia Meanwarorum

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A Very British Book: The Road to ‘Tales of Britain’ – #FolkloreThursday

British folk tales, British legends, British stories, British tales, Brother Bernard, folk tale, folktales, Jem Roberts, King Arthur, Robin Hood, Tales of Britain, unbound Source: A Very British Book: The Road to ‘Tales of Britain’ – #FolkloreThursday

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Scottish Folk Magic & the Dead | Introduction

There is a seldom explored thread of an idea that needs woven into a larger narrative. That of Scottish Folk magic and older practices relating to ancestors, the Sidhe and animism and not so much deity as some of us

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Cafe Scientifique Corning talk on research for Historical Fiction

On September 19, 2017, I gave a talk at Cafe Scientifique, Corning, NY. I spoke about how I do research on my historical fiction novels. Please, check it out! ***** I write historical fantasy novels, mostly set in Ireland, and

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Interview with D. Lieber

Thank you for joining me for my interview with D. Lieber, author of The Exiled Otherkin!   Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm has changed since she was there

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Legacy of Hunger is now available IN PRINT!

Yes, that’s right, you heard it correctly. Legacy of Hunger, book 1 of The Druid’s Brooch Series, is now available in print on Amazon. . You can order it here! .   Excerpt:   Maggie considered herself capable. She hadn’t

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Ancient Lore and Magic of Crows and Ravens

Although crows and ravens are part of the same family (Corvus), they’re not exactly the same bird. Typically, ravens are quite a bit bigger than crows, and they tend to be a bit shaggier looking. The raven actually has more

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How Medieval Medicine is Helping us Today – just history posts

Today, many people have very staunchly held beliefs on medicine and cures for all sorts of ailments. Some people rigidly champion ‘western’ medicine, only believing in the effectiveness of drugs pr… Source: How Medieval Medicine is Helping us Today –

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