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HE FOUND THIS IN A SECRET VATICAN ARCHIVE. OR DID HE?

The following document was recently discovered in the Vatican archives by author Colin Falconer. (or so he claims.)   It is the record of a violent disagreement between William of Augsburg, Dominican friar and special emissary to the court of … Continue reading

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GENGHIS KHAN BUT YOU CAN’T

There is a one in two hundred chance you are related to Genghis Khan. It doesn’t matter that your surname is not Khan. His DNA may be in you somewhere. This is one of the delightful snippets I found when … Continue reading

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ETERNAL LIFE, MAN-EATING ANTS, STRINGY NOODLES – HOLD THE TOMATOES

Somehow western culture has equated the word Mongol with ‘barbarian’. There is no doubt the Golden Horde that invaded Europe during the thirteenth century was savage, but that overlooks the comparable excesses of western armies at the time; think the … Continue reading

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GENGHIS KHAN – BUT YOU CAN’T

As every historical fiction author will tell you, you only get to use about 10% of your research and another fifty per cent of that disappears in the second draft. You just hate to see some of it go, but … Continue reading

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ETERNAL LIFE AND MAN-EATING ANTS – WITH STRINGY NOODLES

While researching my latest novel, SILK ROAD, I was struck by the irony of how people in medieval Europe thought of anyone who was not Christian as a ‘barbarian’. It is perhaps just human nature; most cultures, western and Oriental, … Continue reading

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HELP YOURSELF TO JIM BEAM AND DORITOS

So for a long time I just wrote books and kept pretty much to myself. I mean, who’s interested in writers, right? We’re just like everyone else, (except of course for being hell of a lot more insecure and self … Continue reading

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