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Interview with Cryssa Bazos

Interview with Cryssa Bazos- Author of 'Traitor's Knot' 

I am delighted to be able to publish an interview with Cryssa Bazos, author of the novel 'Traitor Knot'  and also edits ''The Seventeenth Century Enthusiast'  email newsletter. This interview was conducted via email correspondence .

Has to be asked 'Why the English Civil War as a background to your novel'?

I have always felt a strong connection to the 17th century. The era was a time characerized by
exploding literacy, scientific discovery and exploration. Civil War accelerated the social and political
change. People started to question their loyalties, their place in society and relationship to God. Historically the most challenging of times, like worlds wars, result in the greatest leaps for mankind, and the English Civil War marked the dawn of the modern period.

The war had a devastating effect on families and communities. Ideological divisions pit family against family and left …

Crabchurch Talks- John Milton poem on Sir Henry Vane , Sidney Keyes on 'Dunbar 1650'

Crabchurch Conspiracy  History  Talk 12th May 2018 

 Crabchurch Flyer courtesy of Semi Vine  

                           The 'Crabchurch Conspiracy' history talk, re-scheduled from the main Crabchurch weekend of 2nd-4th March 2018 due to the inclement weather, took place in Weymouth  on Saturday 12th May 2018. It was an excellent evening indeed.

An interview appeared on this blog last year with Dorset historian Mark Vine about The Crabchurch Conspiracy . It's encouraging to see how Mark Vine's original book about the failed Royalist  attack on Weymouth in 1645 has inspired an annual event that involves historians, re-enactors, the Celtic Rock group 'The Dolmen', and more.

Dorset novelist Kit Berry, Professor Ronald Hutton, and comedian Bishop Bray gave informative and enjoyable talks. Now feel  inspired to start reading Kit Berry's  'Stonewylde' series and look forward to her novel set in Portland during 1645. Ronald Hutton offered a fascinating insi…