Behold the 16th-century prayer nuts that sold for a staggering $205,000 — Realm of History

I am using the theft of two of these in a current work.  Aren’t they amazing?

History and art have always been intrinsically related. In the depths of oceans and caverns, we find stunning artifacts from the days of yore. Tucked away neatly in the cupboards of museums, across the world, are tokens and relics of the yesteryears. Such is the case with the prayer nuts of the 16th century. Owned mainly by wealthy…

via Behold the 16th-century prayer nuts that sold for a staggering $205,000 — Realm of History


THERE’S A STORY TO BE WRITTEN HERE: The kind of stuff a historical writer lives for! I’ll tuck it away for the right time.

In this week itself, we talked about how the analysis of 4000-year old tablets from the ancient mercantile city of Kanesh (or Kaneš), in what now constitutes the Kayseri province in central Turkey, possibly revealed the locations of 11 lost Assyrian cities. Well, as it turns out, one of the Cappadocian tablet specimens recovered from…

via The world’s oldest known marriage contract with infertility ‘clause’ is a 4000-year old Assyrian tablet — Realm of History

Fantastic style!

Fell in love with this tiny gemstone carving.  Do think I see the Mycenaean influence in the standing warrior, but so much of it does look classical!  Wonderful find!


Back in 2015, the 3500-year old Mycenaean ‘Griffin Warrior’ grave found in Pylos was touted as “the most important tomb to have been discovered in 65 years in continental Greece” by the country’s Ministry of Culture. Part of this bold statement had to do with the over 3,000 precious objects found in the Mycenaean grave,…

via Researchers astounded by the intricacy of a Mycenaean carved gemstone — Realm of History

Want to visit!

It had long been suspected by mainstream archaeology about the existence of a theater in the ancient city of Thouria. And the theory has been confirmed by the identification of a major segment of a theater-like structure at the site (dating back to 4th century BC), located on the outskirts of Kalamata city in southern…

via Archaeologists discover the 2,400-year old ancient theater of Thouria, in southern Greece — Realm of History

For aspiring writers

Amen, brother!

George Wier


Here’s a little post for aspiring writers—just a few tips that I hope will speed you on your way:

You should treat your writing project as though it’s so much clay, there to be shaped and molded at your whim. That is to say that in order to achieve the desired final result, you sometimes have to add things, embellish a bit here and there, and you sometimes have to lop things off wholesale; those things that don’t contribute to the overall project in a meaningful way, must be scrapped. The most direct way of stating this is that you must be perfectly willing to waste words. Words are your stock-in-trade. No book is ever written except that it’s done One Word At A Time. After the first draft stage, you may have a few dozen, possibly hundreds, and even thousands of words that don’t add anything to the story…

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What is it about Historicals? Escapism and Education!


I think Ms. George hits it right on the nose!  Got it from Washington Independent Book Reviews.

Margaret George: In an interview on A Writer of History, Margaret George says: “I think the combination of escapism and education is what fuels a top historical fiction author. People want to escape into another time but they want to learn about that time as well. [The history] should not serve as just wallpaper against which the action takes place.”She specializes in fictional biographies of famous women like Helen of Troy, Mary Magdalene (Mary Called Magdalene) and Cleopatra (The Memoirs of Cleopatra).


The Dates are Set!

IMG_9293-1024x682The Cuenca International Writers Conference   May 28-June1, 2018   This  year’s conference promises to be even bigger and better.  I plan to be there.  Join us for an exciting week of learning, sharing, networking, and exploring in one of the loveliest cities imaginable!

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Parracide—a special punishment named Poena Cullei.

Interesting article on a form of punishment I have heard about over the years, but knew little about.  Frankly, I can’t imagine how one would get all these into a sack, not a job I would want to take on.


Ancient Romans had a penchant for doling out punishments in rather theatrical fashion, with one pertinent example relating to the noxii, the criminals who were mainly accused of robbery, murder and rape. At times, the noxii were simply used as living props who were unarmored (or sometimes dressed in ‘show’ armor), and then declared as…

via Poena cullei: The bizarre ancient Roman punishment reserved for parricide — Realm of History