The Paganism of Bernard Cornwell

I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell, and was thrilled to finally sit down and read his latest: Death of Kings. Part of his Saxon Tales saga, it is a ripping good historical novel set as Alfred the Great is dying. I could wax rhapsodic about how accurate and well-researched his novels are, how well-written they are, and how he makes battle scenes sing. But I want to talk about his portrayal of ancient paganism.The theme of paganism, particularly in conflict with a growing Christianity, is a … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Psycho Ex-Girlfriend

Last night I was chatting with a friend about divorce. We talked about what a difficult process it was to go through, how it affects your subsequent relationships and the "rebound relationship." Suddenly a whole flood of memories came back, and I couldn't sleep as the ghosts of the past came to visit. You see, my first post-divorce "rebound relationship" was one of the most profound experiences of my life, and one of the most shameful. Because I totally, inexcusably, went batshit crazy on … [Read more...]