Gwenllian, Warrior Princess of Wales


The mist is tears dappling my cheeks.  The winter’s cold seeps through clothes to clutch the soul.  Such blood.  Such heartache.  The wind blows a mournful gust, the howl of a hundred widows, for the blood of those who struggled to preserve their people, their livelihoods, their customs and laws, from the rapacious land grabs […]

January 31, 2018

Owain Glyndwr, the last Welsh Prince of Wales


If you’re Welsh, you know Owain Glyndwr like you know Sosban Fach.  If you’re not Welsh, you probably know him, if at all, as “Owen Glendower,” a character from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I, and think, “Who was he?”  It’s extraordinary that such a legend of one country can be so forgotten in the neighbouring country, despite having […]

January 12, 2018

The Black Death Is Back. Could It Be a Good Thing?

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Bad news from a friend in France’s Indian Ocean possession of Reunion Island: the plague is back in neighboring Madagascar. To be fair, the plague has never really gone away in Madagascar, but it’s usually confined to the remote highland regions. This month, a man travelled to the country’s capital, Antananarivo, before developing severe respiratory problems. Diagnosing […]

October 15, 2017

Why do Medieval Churches Sink?


Come visit me! I live in a lovely Welsh village with an unpronounceable name: Abertridwr. I’ll take you on a drive over the mountains surrounding our beautiful Aber valley. At the parish church, St Ilan’s, curiously sited a couple of miles from the village, high on the mountain with stunning views across the Aber valley and […]

October 1, 2017