June 16, 2019

It was going to be a friendly visit to the Rumps in Cornwall before Ingraine was to board a coastal craft to sail with her foster son to an isolated Welsh cottage on Mona. But life at the Rumps was always complicated; either by the threat of the Duke’s iron fists or by...

October 4, 2018

Who inspired King Arthur to be the great leader of ancient Britannia, a fierce but fair warrior and a king whose exploits would be venerated fifteen hundred years after his death? Many people would say it was Merlin who inspired Arthur and I think they would be partly...

September 25, 2018

People ask why I selected one of the most difficult names to say in the English language for one of my characters.  Honestly, I never gave it a moment’s thought because when I met Arianrhod (pron. Aree-ant-hod) in a Welsh story, she leaped off the page. Her name often...

September 4, 2018

Shapeshifting is an easy enough trick on your smartphone.  Take a photo of a friend and turn her into a smiling baboon. But when Merlin says, ‘I shapeshifted into a fox,’ he means something different. So, let’s unpack what’s behind his claim.

            Merlin’s t...

July 15, 2018

About six hundred years after the death of King Aruthur, Geoffrey of Monmouth identified the wind tossed headland fort at Tintagel in North Cornwall as the place of conception. There are eighty hill forts in Cornwall so why did Geoffrey of Monmouth choose this one?

May 18, 2018

In last week’s blog, I wrote about Merlin’s time in the Roman Army where he learned military strategy. But what happened when he came home desperate to impress the father of the woman he had fallen in love with, Emily. He combined he engineering, and chemistry skills w...

May 13, 2018

Who was Merlin, what was his training and why would he become so important to King Arthur?

June 6, 2016

"A Darker Magic This Way Comes" was launched in LONDON in May 2016.

The venue was the "Institute of Directors" in glitzy Pall Mall.

Publisher Susan Mears introduces Carmel Niland's "A Darker Magic"

The audience was mesmerised by the "Merlin prologue" video.

Watch here: htt...

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