Tag Archives: Elizabethan England

The Stone and the Pilgrim (6) final part ~ Steve Tanham

“It is what it is…” I remember the evening Morgana said that to me, many years ago. We were in Glastonbury, doing the first of our year of bi-monthly talks. The truth of it is profound. The sentiment behind the … Continue reading

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The Stone and the Pilgrim (5) ~ Steve Tanham

We stumbled upon the Preston Pele Tower, fifteen miles south-west of Bamburgh, back in February, 2018. My wife and I had seen a reference to it on a noticeboard in a cafe some distance to the north. It’s quite hard … Continue reading

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Lines of communication IV…

* …’All colour had faded from the sky and although the big board by the gate creaked slightly in the night wind, there was no passer-by to read the sharp, hard letters that cut straight as black knives across its … Continue reading

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Jewels in the Claw (III) – Steve Tanham

Continued from Part Two The man with the packing case pauses as he passes the place that was the East, the place from which the Queen began her direction of proceedings in this, her favourite palace of Nonsuch, in 1590’s … Continue reading

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Silent Eye: Sixth Weekend Draws Nigh! – by Alienora

Reblogged from Alienora’s Anthology: Silent Eye: A Modern Mystery School has been an important part of my life since its birth way back in 2013; though, actually, the story starts even before then… I first met Stephen Tanham and Sue … Continue reading

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Esoteric Shipbuilding – Steve Tanham

It was a ‘stream of consciousness moment’; one of those that acts like a time machine. The flash of memories cut right back to my childhood – seven or eight years old. It included the sight and texture of the … Continue reading

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The Edge of Order: Frances Walsingham – Steve Tanham

It had been simple, back then, when all eyes shone with approval; when she was the young bride of the Queen’s Champion, Sir Philip Sydney. This daughter of the ‘Sworn’, – the inner cabal of those sworn to lay down … Continue reading

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The Dragon of Elizabeth’s Seas. – Steve Tanham

It is the beginning of May, 1587, and a man known locally as The Dragon is headed for Cadiz on Spain’s Atlantic coast. His mission is not peaceful. The act of sailing to Cadiz poses few challenges for this master … Continue reading

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She of the Voice – Steve Tanham

“Ra-bi-ya, Ra-bi-ya…” As she surveys the black and white squares of the court before her, the song echoes in her head, a beloved memory of time spent, long ago, with her mother, playing their hiding game among the orange groves … Continue reading

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A Woman of Power and Substance by Steve Tanham

It is the winter of 1584. The well-dressed woman watches as her fourth husband storms out of the dining hall at their present home, Tutbury Castle, in Staffordshire. In the corner of the room sits a younger woman, now smiling … Continue reading

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