Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunday Salon, Second Post, November 18

A direct quote from "Saxons, Vikings, and Celts" will give you a taste of the book. It certainly whets my interest:

(Referring to Cheddar Man)

"While his bones were gradually entombed by the drip, drip, drip of limestone water in the silence of his cave, the ancestors of the ancient Celts have arrived in Wales and Ireland, the ground has trembled under the marching feet of Roman legions, the shingle beaches of Kent have yielded to the keels of Saxon warships, and the blood-curdling cries of Viking raiders have echoed from the defenceless monasteries of Northumbria and the Scottish islands. While he endured 12,000 years of solitude, the world outside pulsed with life - and death. His DNA stayed where it was, but outside the cave it had another life in the generations of descendants whose stories we can now begin to unfold. "

This is pretty good writing! I'm enjoying the book.


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