Tag Archives: Gaul

Death Speaker’s Facebook Page

The book (Death Speaker) has a Facebook page, and while I don’t always take the time to write an essay on this blog, on that page I try to post something of interest about Gaul or the Celts everyday. Just … Continue reading

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French Oppida Article

“When I began to visit these Iron Age ghost towns in 2008, I assumed the French were proud of their Gaulish ancestors. Amused disdain verging on total indifference would be closer to the mark.” That’s a quote from Graham Robb, … Continue reading

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Battle of the Sabis

Seems like a thousand years (or a bit over 30 generations) since I had occasion to actually write about Gaul. But I came across a  marvellous website devoted to the  Battle of the Sabis by a group called Livius. The Battle … Continue reading

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Caesar in Gaul

In 2007, divers led by archaeologist Luc Long found a bust of Julius Caesar tentatively dated to 46 BC. That would be eight years after he put his finishing touches on the conquest of Gaul, and around the same time … Continue reading

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Carnyx: Celtic Battle Horn

The carnyx was the Celts’ battle horn. It had a brass boar’s head–or some other fearsome animal–at the top, which stood two meters above the men who held it. Probably emitted an eerie, terrifying sound. In my novel, my heroine … Continue reading

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Ancient Traditional Walk in Brittany

In my humble opinion, Brittany is one of the loveliest areas in France. I offer as evidence my only picture of Locranon, a town with bodacious hydrangeas. (Since I set half of Death Speaker in Brittany, you may already suspect … Continue reading

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Crossroad Markers

Crossroads appear in Death Speaker. As one ghost tells Emyn, “A crossroads is a dangerous place to tarry.” At a crossroads, the boundaries of the physical and spirit worlds meet and under the right circumstances, ghosts could venture into our … Continue reading

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