It is a well-known fact that there is a Red Lion pub or inn in nearly every town of the British Isles. This one is my personal favorite. It can be found in Avebury, a very unusual town that was build around (and through!) an ancient megalithic site which predates Stonehenge. As a matter of fact, this site is now managed by the same group that manages Stonehenge, but the Avebury stones are much more accessible and not as frequented by tourists. This may change eventually, but so far the atmosphere in Avebury is quite serene.
Interestingly, there is no intrinsic significance to the symbol of the red lion. A common heraldic device, the lion simply takes us back to the times when most folks were illiterate and signs for such establishments were mostly pictorial.
This book has been in the works for the past two years and I am quite pleased with how it turned out. If the novel gets traction I will be writing two sequels to finalize the story, but the book reads very well as a standalone publication.
The monastery of St. Sebastian is safely tucked away from the turmoil of the early 14th century. What dangers could possibly await Conrad, a young novice preparing to join this community of devout monks? A simple act of kindness and duty turns his life upside down. Uprooted and confused, Conrad must risk everything for a cause that has not yet been revealed to him. He can only count on the help from a reclusive hermit, whom everybody else mistrusts and fears. Is Conrad ready to face the challenges of spiritual strife?
This image is cropped from a larger photo. I could have gotten closer, but not too much. In case you are wondering, there is no projectile used, but this is still dangerous. Even though this Confederate cannon is not likely to explode when there is no cannon ball used precautions must be taken. I heard of a case when a man lost his hand while loading the charge into the barrel that was not properly prepped. Some embers were still smoldering. And yes, it is loud.
Shutterstock wanted me to provide property releases for this photo. Not going to happen. Too bad though, because this image would work great in combination with some graph style arrow going above the roofs. To illustrate potential sales increase or some such thing.
Halberd was perfected as a weapon during the 14th and 15th centuries. A group of soldiers armed with halberds would have been the most unpleasant sight for a mounted knight. This multi-faceted blade is still used as a ceremonial weapon, especially by the Vatican guard.
I did not attempt to identify this old clock. From the looks of it, this mantle time keeping device combines elements of late 18th century design with some Romanticist features. The main figure appears to be that of a hunter or a traveler. He is perhaps looking at the clock’s face and pondering the fleeting nature of time.