While writing both Hild and Menewood I drew dozens of maps to help work out everything from travel routes to weather events to Hild’s thinking to battle tactics. These sketch maps are full of private code and wouldn’t make sense to most readers. But every now and again I like to post one to illustrate a point. So I started […]Read more "Making my own Hild art"
Two maps of Gododdin territory—where Hild becomes Cait Sith…Read more "Cait Sith in the Eildon Hills"
A couple of weeks ago I posted my thoughts on York in Hild’s time, along with some nifty (or pitiful, depending on your Photoshop skills) maps showing where I thought Edwin might have built his wic. I’ve since read “Before Eoforwic: New Light on York in the 6th-7th Centuries,”* by Cecily A Spall and Nicola J […]Read more "York in Hild’s time, part 2"
When a literary agent sends a novel manuscript out to acquiring editors at major publishing houses, s/he likes to send it with everything the editor might need to put the work in context. For Hild, my novel about Hild of Whitby (which of course wasn’t called Whitby then), set in early seventh century Britain (the […]Read more "Three maps of early 7th century Britain"