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Home of the Veneti

56 B.C. was the third year in  Julius Caesar’s war of conquest against the many tribes of Gaul. The contestants that season were the residents of Brittany. The most powerful tribe in the area (per Caesar), the Veneti, lived around … 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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Musings on History and Historical Fiction

Is history a cold collection of facts that only a historian could love–until a novelist or screenwriter comes along and picks up those facts, uses them for kindling,  and gets a good blaze going so that everyone else is drawn … Continue reading

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Celtic Beer Brewery

A 2500-year-old beer brewery has been discovered in Germany, in an ancient Celtic site near Stuttgart. That would be over four centuries before the time of Death Speaker. And yes, it has to be said: I’ll drink to that! The place … Continue reading

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Death Speaker Free on Kindle for 2 Days

To celebrate the Celtic festival of Imbolc, since I don’t have any lambs, I will instead offer free downloads of Death Speaker for your Kindle (or other devices if you have a Kindle app): January 31, 2013 February 1, 2013

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A Sick-to-my-stomach Apology

To say that I blew it sounds lighthearted. Without thinking, I did something a couple of days ago that has been thrown back at me. The thing I did was unethical and public, and I am very, very sorry. What … Continue reading

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Spinning Thread

You’ve heard the Carl Sagan quote: “In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” Well. In the days before the Renaissance, say, 1400 A.D. and previous, in order to have a warm, soft … Continue reading

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Iron Age Helmet Found in Britain

Using a metal detector, someone turned up an Iron Age helmet on a farm in Canterbury, Kent, where the Cantiaci tribe once lived. The bronze helmet dates to around 55 BC, and experts speculate that it was made on the … Continue reading

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Interview on Lisa Haselton’s Book Blog

My interview on Lisa’s book and review blog went live last weekend! Here’s an excerpt: “Welcome, Vickey. Please tell us about your current release. “Death Speaker tells the story of Emyn, a Celtic peasant who hears ghosts. Emyn lives at … 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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