“A Sea Queen’s Sailing” was originally published in 1906, by a writer who clearly reveled in writing about the various cultures in early medieval Britain.
The story is set at a time when both Christianity and pagan belief were actively practiced. Norse mythology is a constant presence within the story, demonstrating the mythical beliefs of half of the cast of characters.
Whistler writes about the Norse in both their Scandinavian homelands and also their British settlements. In this book, both the Irish and the Scots are featured. Last but not least, Whistler does not leave out my personal favorite, the Anglo-Saxons.
Characters from all three cultures feature prominently in “A Sea Queen,” with none portrayed as superior or inferior to another. This is an author who clearly has a love for all of the cultures that had a strong presence in the British Isles.
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Book Review - Icelandic Magic: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires by Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D.
Icelandic Magic is the latest title by an author who has been an important voice in the Asatru and wider pagan community for decades. Stephen Flowers, also known as Edred Thorsson, is a legitimate scholar earning his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Medieval Studies. He began studying Germanic magical practices very early on, in fact, his dissertation was entitled “Runes and Magic: Magical Formulaic Elements in the Elder Tradition.”
A note to the reader: Never has it been so evident that history can sometimes be murky and difficult to wade through than during my quest to discover the roots of Christmas caroling! Different sources give different information, conflicting dates, and varying histories.
Ordinarily I would not open with a disclaimer. But, under the circumstances, if the reader were to look up this information on their own, they might find answers different than what I’ve said here. So, I will endeavor to weed through it all and give my own assessment of the material. And, I will try to be clear about where my information came from by citing all sources. - Carolyn
(This article was previously published in Celtic Guide magazine).