Bernard Cornwell—Over the Hills and Far Away

"O'er the hills and o'er the main Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain King George commands and we obey Over the hills and far away" Why is Bernard Cornwell such a successful Historical Fiction author? I have a slight confession to start with. While I've read almost every other book Cornwell has written, I haven't actually … Continue reading Bernard Cornwell—Over the Hills and Far Away

History or Fiction… you can’t have both, can you?

"[...] wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all—it is very tiresome: and yet I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention." Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey.  "I know it is the fashion … Continue reading History or Fiction… you can’t have both, can you?

Ariadne, like, that princess in the maze with the Minotaur, right?

Minoan Bull Leaper

That's what most people think of when they hear the name. Good old Theseus slaying the dastardly Minotaur in the labyrinth of Knossos. But how much of this actually squares up with history itself? The people of the Bronze Age who inhabited Knossos are called the Minoans, at least by us. Did they have magical … Continue reading Ariadne, like, that princess in the maze with the Minotaur, right?