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Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149)

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'FENMAN - Last Stronghold' published and on the market through New Generation. Keep an eye on the RAVENFEAST SERIES page for progress on the next follow-up. Book eight, 'WANDERER - The East Beckons' revolves around Harold's daughter Gytha being wed to Prince Valdemar/Vladimir in Konenungagard/Kiev and onward to Miklagard. That's as much as I can tell you here. Something to look forward to in summer/autumn, 2018.

Did you see me with the other writers in the Dormitory Range at Battle Abbey near Hastings in October, 2016 ?(Book sales were up the steps, we had a stage to deliver our talks) We chatted with readers about historical fiction or fact and I mooched around the site, looking over the craft booths and taking pictures of re-enactors for future use. (2016 also saw the Jorvik Viking Festival celebrate the 1,000th year since Knut Sveinsson - aka Cnut or Canute - was crowned king of England in late autumn after a year of cat-and-mouse campaigning against Aethelred's son Eadmund 'Ironside', who died of wounds suffered at Ashingdon - Essex - after offering Knut a large share of the kingdom).

This year, 2017, the event takes place on 14th October, as it did 951 years ago, and goes on to Sunday 15th.

I have an abiding interest in history, North-western European history, in particular Britain, Scandinavia, Normandy of the 11th Century. At one time I was more interested in modern, 20th Century history but was drawn gradually back in time... Richard III, MacBeth, the Vikings... all maligned by Shakespeare. MacBeth led me to Malcolm Canmore, to Siward 'the Dane', Eadward the Confessor and on to Harold.

I have a talented wife, Kath, a true Cockney,and three offspring, Joanne, Robert and Suzanne. Joanne left the Tours office at Lord's Cricket Ground in NW8 to pursue a career in teaching and has qualified, starting as a teacher in September, 2017. Robert's almost finished studying to be a teacher of English as a second language in Germany, working towards his BA.He shares a flat in Dortmund with his talented German girlfriend Carla. Suzy finished her four year degree and masters in Physics at Sheffield University. After working in the East Tyrol, Austria for a year, she is now over halfway through a PHD course at the Technical University in Vienna, coaching in English, speaking at symposia (or is it symposiums?) as well... Lots of that culture thing to soak up. More on that another time.

Kath does talks on London to groups around this side of London and West Essex, a fair demand for her talents there! Having retired, she's got more time to herself these days and spends some of that time researching her forebears. By the way, this image of me was taken by Kath at home, slaving over a hot laptop to bring you more readables.


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