Saturday, 30 March 2013

Easter Sunday - the other bits!





Ēostre or Ostara  is a goddess in Germanic paganism who, by way of the Germanic month bearing her name  is the namesake of the festival of Easter. Ēostre is attested by Bede in his 8th-century work De temporum ratione, where Bede states that during Ēosturmōnaþ (the equivalent to the month of April) feasts were held in Eostre's honor among the pagan Anglo-Saxons, but had died out by the time of his writing, replaced by the Christian "Paschal month" (a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus).

Who Was the Venerable Bede? 

The Venerable Bede – also known as St Bede – is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars. He lived and died in between the twin monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow in the North East of England between 673 and 735 AD and wrote or translated some forty books on practically every area of knowledge, including nature, astronomy, and poetry. He also wrote the first martyrology (a chronicle about the lives of the saints). 
However, his most famous writing was on theology and history and his best known work is The Ecclesiastical History of the English People.
Much of what we know of Anglo-Saxon Sunderland comes from the writings of the celebrated monk and scholar Bede who, in his famous work The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, tells how he was born on the ‘territory’ belonging to the monastery of St Peter’s at Wearmouth 
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'A book is a friend that does what no friend can do - stay quiet when you want to think!'

I like to make this blog as interesting and relevant as I can hence the inclusion of the above information about this time of year and the current celebration. At the same time I am a 'mackem' so there is information about the Venerable Bede who only became significant as an historical figure to me once I'd left the area. Strange that there wasn't more stress on this very influential figure, when as a child, I was surrounded by his name. There are street names, schools, parks named after him. Perhaps an opportunity missed by the local schools.

Writer's are often encouraged to write from their experience and this is something that I actively do at present. In fact if you look at many authors they write about what they know and have experienced. This is very much the case for me with the Steele novels. They are not exclusively set in the north east or Yorkshire but those two places figure as do many of the places that I've visited around the world. My next book, that's right I am not drying up, is different in genre and will be a challenge.

If you wish to properly understand the Steele story you need to read the books. Links to paperback and e copies on the right of this page.



Happy Easter to all my supporters and a great big thank you.

God Bless