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Friday Fact: the Fabric of Alba

We all know the iconic tartans of Scotland - each clan has their own, some tame, others quite wild.  But this was not always the case. In the days of Alba, checked patterns would certainly exist, and regional variations would depend on what natural dyes were available in certain areas.  But the tartan system as… Continue reading Friday Fact: the Fabric of Alba

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Friday Fact: the Kingdom of Strathclyde

Before there was Scotland, a number of smaller kingdoms shared the land.  One of these was Alba, itself a union between the native Picts and the Irish settlement of Dalriada. Alba eventually became dominant, swallowing up the Viking lands of Orkney, Caithness, and Sutherland to the north, the Isles and Galloway to the west, Anglo-Saxon… Continue reading Friday Fact: the Kingdom of Strathclyde

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Friday Fact: The Bass Rock

When I was researching my book Legacy of Faith, the Bass Rock was an important part of John Mackilligen's story. He spent three years imprisoned on this barren island, along with many other Covenanters (illegal Presbyterians) at the time. The Rock itself is magnificent.  It's basically a cube of volcanic rock that rises steep-sided out… Continue reading Friday Fact: The Bass Rock

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Friday Fact: Red, White, and Green Martyrdom

We all know what a martyr is, right?  Someone who dies for their faith, like the millions of heroes who have died rather than renounce the name of Jesus Christ. But did you know that in the Celtic Church there were two other kinds of martyrdom that don't involve bloodshed?  I first encountered this interesting… Continue reading Friday Fact: Red, White, and Green Martyrdom

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Tuesday Critique: Donnchad and Liosa

Here's what I've been working on: a sneak peak of Sons of Alba, the sequel to Daughters of Alba.   In this scene, young Donnchad has recently arrived at Sgain, the royal capital of Alba, to be fostered at the court of the Ard Righ.  Donnchad stood politely still as the two older men conversed, but… Continue reading Tuesday Critique: Donnchad and Liosa