Scotland’s Merlin: A Medieval Legend and Its Dark Age Origins – Book Review

The author of the book Scotland’s Merlin: A Medieval Legend and Its Dark Age Origins, Tim Clarkson, is a PhD in medieval history, and holds an MPhil in archeology. I have had some correspondence with him regarding another of his books, The Men of the North: the Britons of Southern Scotland, and had a discussionContinue reading “Scotland’s Merlin: A Medieval Legend and Its Dark Age Origins – Book Review”

The Hunters of Souls Part Two: Saint Vortigern and The Mystery of the Maniac of the Woods

*** The Hunters of Souls: Part One can be found here: https://theburntthumb.wordpress.com/2020/10/13/the-hunters-of-souls-part-one-an-old-irish-curse/ (I) Giraldus Cambrensis’ Itinerarium Cambriae– 1191 A.D. (H) Nennius’ Historia Brittonum– Between the 9th-11th centuries (V) Geoffrey’s Vita Merlini– 12th century (K) Jocelyn’s Life of St. Kentigern– 12th century (G) Vita sancta Gurthierni– 12th century (L) Lailoken and Kentigern– 15th century (Q) TheContinue reading “The Hunters of Souls Part Two: Saint Vortigern and The Mystery of the Maniac of the Woods”

On Hallowe’en Night, One Thousand Years Ago…

“(It was) beheld at Maistiu one battalion of (demons) which was destroying Leinster….. For there was a sword of fire out of the gullet of each of them, and every one of them was as high as the clouds of heaven.” ⁃ A vision witnessed on Samhain, The Annals of Tigernach*

The Hunters of Souls Part One: An Old Irish Curse

So… as I read more and more excellent posts by fellow bloggers I get more ideas for topics here, and it’s become something of a heaping backlog; I still need to write about the Irish blacksmith goddess, water horses, Edern ap Nudd, portrayals of the cyclops in Celtic literature, and a host of others thingsContinue reading “The Hunters of Souls Part One: An Old Irish Curse”

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