Saturday, 9 August 2014

August and an 8th Century Love

We need love to enable us to grow and flourish but an 8th century Monastery enclosure would have been a harsh, austere place to live.  

Durstan, the main character in my novel, struggles in this environment and falls in love with Ailan at a time when the early Christian Church was attempting to replace peoples' belief in the Old Gods. 

"Alone with none but Thee, my God,
I journey on my way.
What need I fear, when thou art near
O King of night and day?
More safe I am within Thy hand
Than if a host did round me stand."
St Columba 

Contemporary Kings are buried in the cemetery on Iona, a spiritual place filled with historical detail. It was a precarious society where illness was prevalent; fear of being outcast, left to survive alone in the forest, a wild place; or enslaved by others; starvation if the crops failed, and for women, death in childbirth. 

People from other parts of the world were attacking and the most fierce, the Vikings, had arrived. 

Survival could depend on having the strongest Abbot, Lord or King. It's certainly an interesting time to write about, and I've enjoyed doing the first edit of my novel. 

I also reached 10,000 Followers on Google+ a couple of days ago, which was great news! 

Thank you to every one who is following me and reading my posts. I'm grateful. I hope you are having a lovely summer. 

August is one of my favourite months, warm days in the garden and seeing again the beautiful sunflower turning it's face to the sun.

Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams blog.