Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
Almost four hundred years ago Guy Fawkes failed miserably in his plan to assassinate the first King of England and Scotland united. In all probability James Stuart was chosen to succeed the glorious Elizabeth Tudor not just because of his close relationship, but also because of his staunch protestant values.
If the "Jesuit Plan" had succeeded, our world could be very different. It's doubtful the English language would exist in its present form … because this incredibly important book wouldn't exist.
Reading between the lines, seventeenth century life for ordinary folk could at times be hell on earth. No doubt many of the common people actually looked forward to an angelic afterlife. Now, for the first time, they could read directly from the bible, and within a generation, literacy increased a thousandfold.
Food for thought? Here's something else to chew on. There are still basements underneath the Houses of Parliament. Better still, the entire world is invited to take a virtual tour: Basement tour. Wonderfully detailed views aren't they? Of course an actual physical tour probably involves security tighter than a bat's squeak.
So tonight let's burn effigies of Guy Fawkes, remind our kids never to play with fireworks and maybe bore them silly by telling them that now and again, books beat bombs.
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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