St Oswald

The Bone Thief has been printed!

Monday, January 23, 2012

 I just heard from Ellie Rankine at Ebury Press that the bound copies of The Bone Thief are back from the printers, and looking beautiful. Judge for yourselves!

Anglo-Saxon Names

 Anglo-Saxon names are normally made up of two elements, each of which is a stand-alone word, either two houns or a noun and an adjective. Thus Ælf (Elf) + Ræd (advice) gives Alfred.

Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England - Paperback

Sunday, January 1, 2012

It's very cheering that Boydell & Brewer are republishing my Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England (snappy title, I know!) in paperback this year, at a much more reasonable price.


Bardney today is a village in Lincolnshire, 11 miles east of Lincoln.


Athelfled, Lady of the Mercians

 Athelfled (more properly Æþelflæd), Lady of the Mercians, was the eldest child of King Alfred the Great of Wessex. We don't know when she was born, but her father became King at the age of 22 in 871 AD, so around then or a few years earlier seems likely.


 The physical remains of the holy dead were hugely important from the earliest years of Christianity. Whereas Roman culture had seen human corpses as menacing and polluting, Christians saw them - or the holiest of them at least - as one of the most direct ways of accessing the power and virtues of the heavenly realm. For many millions of modern Catholic and Orthodox Christians, of course, this continues to be the case.

Publication date for 2012

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Bone-Thief is due out from Ebury Publishing next year. We are exploring the possibility of a book-launch in association with the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, but that’s only February, which doesn’t give us much time.