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The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Set in war-torn 9th century Anglo-Saxon Britain during the worst of the Viking predation, it tells the tale of the coming of age of 15 year old Ceridwen and her struggles to resolve the conflicts of divided political loyalties and the pull between heathen and Christian realms. Ceridwen of Kilton, second book in the Saga, and The Claiming, book three. The Saga continues on the Baltic island of Gotland in Book Four, The Hall of Tyr, and Five, Tindr, following Ceridwen and her circle into new challenges and adventures.
“… adroitly written historical novel of romance, the struggle for survival, and harsh cruelty set against an England suffering from the onslaught of Danish Vikings…a powerfully written and highly recommended saga depicting the best and the worst of human nature.” Mid West Review
A Novel of John Ruskin
A Tale of Art and Obsession Brilliant illuminator of artistic truths. Failed lover. Provocative critic of social injustice. Raving lunatic. John Ruskin was all these things. Light, Descending brings to life Victorian art and social critic John Ruskin (1819-1900), a passionate and tormented genius whose career as art critic, social reformer, and benefactor and nemesis to some of the greatest names of 19th century art ended in near-universal public acclaim – and madness. Octavia Randolph, author of the best-selling The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, portrays Ruskin’s artistic genius, political struggles, and frustrated private passions in a vivid and haunting recounting of the great man’s life. From his life-long defence of the painter JMW Turner, to Ruskin’s unconsummated marriage to Effie Gray, to his patronage of artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his fiancée, Lizzie Siddal, and Lizzie’s death by self-administered drug overdose; to Ruskin’s love affair with the teenaged Rose LaTouche, and her early death, which broke Ruskin’s mind; and the infamous libel trial brought against Ruskin by James McNeill Whistler, Light, Descending sweeps the reader from bustling London to a decaying Venice to wild Alpine heights as it chronicles Ruskin’s ecstatic triumphs and blighted happiness. Based on letters, diary entries, and Ruskin’s own voluminous published writings, and peopled with some of the most compelling personalities of the 19th century, Light, Descending is a tour-de-force novel about the man Mohandas Gandhi said “made me transform my life.” Includes Book Group Discussion Guide.
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The Creation of a Pattern Welded Blade: A Tutorial by Robert P. Shyan-Norwalt
The Creation of a Pattern Welded Blade (Part 2)
The Creation of a Pattern Welded Blade: Resources and Bibliography
Early English Architecture: The Buildings of the Anglo-Saxons, 450 CE to 1066
Wyrd: The Role of Fate
The Coin of the Realm
Who King Arthur Fought, and Why
Neat Stuff about Swords and Warriors
Slavery in Anglo-Saxon England
Advice to Bridegrooms
Anatomy of a sword
Giving Voice: The Naming of Things
Morgen-gifu: The Bride’s Morning Gift
Pattern welded swords
Snoozed Through History Class?
The War Band
The War Kit
Wattle and Daub
Women’s Rights in Anglo-Saxon England ~ Why They Were Much Greater than You Think
Wyrd: The Role of Fate
A few things you might like to know
before your journey to Anglo-Saxon England.
A Painless and Brief Historical Background
Your Legal Rights Under Ælfred, King of Wessex
How to speak our names
Anglo-Saxon Place Names
9th Century Life
The Importance of Sheep
How to Wash a Sheep
Sliding Between the (Flaxen) Sheets
Parchment and Vellum
Pastimes and Games of the Anglo-Saxons
Wool-fat, or lanolin
The Age of the Vikings: circa 800 to 1100
Where and Why they Traded and Raided
The Conflict of the Gods
The Gods Loki, Tyr, Thor and Odin
The Goddesses Freyja, Frigg, Sif, and Idunn
English Treasure on Gotland
Summer Solstice in Iceland
A Tiny Bit About Icelandic History
The Saga of Gudridur
The Árni Magnússon Institute
In the Saga Country
Huldufolk – the Hidden Folk, and Trolls
Scandinavian Archetypes in North American Imaginations: From Beowulf to Alicia Vikander
Sold!: Viking Slavery
Viking Ball Games
Historical background on this 11th c. Anglo-Saxon aristocrat, and how her story grew through the centuries
A journey to modern day Coventry
Octavia’s retelling of the story of Lady Godiva: Ride
Book Trailers, discussion and more…
Letters from Readers