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Writing the Unicorn: The Paradox of Historical Fiction

“Luckily Nicolas didn’t have to answer, as he couldn’t have spoken. I had placed my hand on his bulge, which was as hard as a tree branch. I had never touched one before.” It was at that precise point when … Continue reading

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Stoning the Devil by Garry Craig Powell

When Edward Said penned Orientalism in 1978 he professed that Western attitudes towards the Middle East were built on a “constellation of false assumptions” – highlighting the “subtle and persistent Eurocentric prejudice against Arabo-Islamic peoples and their culture.”  What has … Continue reading

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Tudor History – Give me the Warts!

As someone interested in Tudor history I’m often tempted to have a peek at new television and film adaptations of the period – but have learned to temper my hopes and expectations in doing so.  In the old days it … Continue reading

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