Dirty, Rotten, Scoundrels

Even now – at my age – it still hurts.

Lies are the worst but even evasions or dissembling or attempts to protect with total fibs hurt.

I am so NOT perfect. Foibles R Me. And brutal honesty stings like hell but in the long run it’s preferable.

P.S. I’m a brilliant critique partner….much kinder in my brutality than those in the business of publishing. Trust me – I know :o)

Ego Death aka A Critique Partner

I have had the great fortune to be critiqued by some amazing writers.

A critique partner is the best friend who tells you that you smell – or your writing is absolute crap.

My writing and real life C.P’s became really good friends and mentors to me. They made me laugh. They made me cry. They MADE me learn.

I used to belong to a critique forum….many moons ago and I went word by word, line by line through someone else’s work and critiqued it. She was fine about everything but I got thrown off the forum for being too Critical and not a smoke-up-the-arse-blower (?!?!)

My BEST ADVICE to anyone is WRITE A BOOK. And get it critiqued. Your entire world/ego will collapse. Fact!


Revisiting The Black Madonna

I have not touched on this subject since early 2019.

Black Madonnas

Many years ago whilst researching the early 15th century, I came across the Black Madonna phenomenon. It has always intrigued and I promised my self back then that, when the time was right, I’d investigate deeper.

Seeing differently now, learning so many new things, I think the time is very right.

Black Madonnas, whether picture or statues are found WORLDWIDE. Yet nobody knows how, where, when, why.

The image above is the Black Madonna of Russia.

This one above is in Dublin, Ireland.

This is from Poland.

They are all beautiful and they always depict the Virgin Mary and Christ child.

Let’s see where we end up going :o)


I’m still not 100% sure of the history of these many but rarely talked about icons. The links are numerous and often spurious. But I have the formation of article coming together.

Yay :o)

6w5 : MY Enneagram Type

I’ve done a few psych tests in my time……work related!!!!

But way back in the early 2000’s I came across The Enneagram Institute and decided to try this one.

I NEVER lie or bluff or fluff on these things – my job once depended on absolute honesty.

This one impressed me so much that I then used it for my fictional characters.

Wow. It’s a very illuminating tool for a writer.

My personality type is a 6. With a 5 wing. Though time has passed and I FEEL more a 5 with a 6 wing.

These modern yt vids below will explain the basics.

Coryat’s Crudities

Well, now. Who’d’ve thought that research done over 20 years ago would come back to me right now?

Historical Fiction writers are unashamed plagiarist’s. They (or maybe just me!!) love to use personal accounts of the time like letters, memoires, diaries and travelogues.

I’d used Coryat’s travel impressions several times. Along with his patterns of speech and vocabulary.

For some unknown reason he is embedded in this new line of research. Not only via his timeline, his journeys, his patron… but also his closest friends.

The Game’s Afoot as Henry V said long before Sherlock Holmes :o)

How To Build a Wonderful Story

The video below talks about a quite well-known piece of history.

My fave author (right now) took this and wrote an incredible tale called Night After Night.

Yup. Talked about it before but somethings never get old.

KP was 36 when she died. After giving birth to a daughter by her 4th (?) husband Thomas Seymour.

KP was the “survived” of the divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived wives of Henry VIII.

Her body was said to have been – urm – interfered with after it was disinterred.

Princess Diana, the late Princess of Wales and NOT our Queen Consort now, died at 36.

Trinity Ansell (fictional) died at 36.

Trinity was haunted by the ghost of KP.

One of the Big Other contestants was haunted by the ghost of Diana.

Another of the Big Other contestants had just turned 36.

Read the book.


Vladimir Propp

I bought this book decades ago. A 1975 secondhand version for about a £1.

It’s served me well :o)

A first reading when right over my head, even though I knew about Grave’s White Goddess and Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.

It’s worth all the brain-ache …in my humble opinion. Especially if you are a writer studying your art and your craft.

La Rochelle

I came at this Siege via many different angles when writing my novel – Weave a Garland of My Vows

This was the first of a five part series, indie published in 2014 and a total bomb blast for me. It’s made me a fortune of about £40 in 8 years.


George Villiers was brilliant character to write. To me he was Marie de Rohan’s counterpart. Two sides of one coin. Friends and cohorts but never lovers. She saw right through him….and vice versa.

After Marie (the protagonist) Wat Montagu was my all time favourite person to write. He was Villiers’ spy, friend, punching bag and a man who fell in love at first sight of Marie de Rohan. He’d’ve died for her and almost did (more than once.)

Wat was in France when the Siege of La Rochelle happened. He watched Richelieu commanding the French army and felt torn.

Whilst Marie (French) was nominally Catholic, her uncles were Huguenots or Protestant, like Wat. And she did whatever she had to do when in France or England. No worries either way.

Eventually Wat left England and became a Catholic priest in France. Richelieu’s influence, brilliance, razor-sharp mind had obliterated all of his younger self. England, Marie, his family, Protestantism – none of that mattered to him anymore. Although he still supported and tried to help Henriette Marie after the execution of Charles I Stuart and her exile from England under Cromwell.

People are so effing complex.

That’s why I’m a writer :o)

Love Is a Stranger & Kelvin Kyte

Annie and Dave are fabby famous. So this song is Known by many.

Kelvin Kyte? And why bring him into it?

PAY ATTENTION to the music video. Read the below. And work IT OUT yo’self. FFS.


Nah :o)

Just words.

Thttps://www.bookseries.org/series/the-cold-calling/he characters are real people with real issues and the mysteries are dissected and solved in ways that make sense for a crime fiction story. However, the books are also heavily steeped in the supernatural.

Rickman, the author, understands religions and lore and folktales, and whatever he doesn’t know he researches thoroughly. This shows in The Cold Calling.

The series revolves around the experiences of Bobby Maiden, Marcus Bacton, Sister Anderson, and Cindy.

Cindy is a cross-dressing Shaman. When readers encounter him in the first novel (The Cold Calling), Cindy is certain that a landlady’s daughter was killed by the same person who took the life of William Rufus a long time ago.

Because of a lack of concrete evidence, no one gives Cindy’s ramblings any consideration and that, in turn, drives Cindy to undertake his own investigation.

Bobby Maiden is one of the police officers that choose to ignore Cindy’s claims, and for good reason. Bobby’s life is unraveling. Not only did his marriage implode but he discovered evidence pinning his boss to a corruption case.

When the boss in question retaliates, Bobby actually dies, only to revive a little while later. For Sister Anderson, death is nothing new. And as far as she knows, most people that return to the world of the living typically report visions of a bright light.

But for Bobby, the afterlife was a nightmare, and even after he revives, he cannot find peace. Terrible dreams torment him. If that wasn’t enough, Bobby knows that his boss will orchestrate another accident the first chance he gets.

So when Sister Anderson, a nurse that was miraculously healed and whose own healing powers brought him back to life, offers him sanctuary, Bobby accepts.

It is through Anderson that Bobby meets Marcus, a student of the supernatural, and Grayle Underhill, an American journalist who writes a New Age column in the New Yorker.

Grayle, Cindy, Bobby, Anderson, and Marcus must band together to overcome the mystical source of their respective challenges.

The Cold Calling series tells their story. Each novel follows the distinct journeys of the individual characters as they pull away from one another and then snap back together, forced to reconnect by unexpected circumstances.


These novels are most commonly commended for their magnetic characters and grounded exploration of incredible paranormal occurrences, with some of the best books in the series including:

The Cold Calling: Marcus lives in the ruin of an ancient castle. His life is hardly ordinary. After all, his housekeeper saw the Virgin Mary at a prehistoric burial mound.

When a television archaeologist buys the burial mound and then attempts to acquire the ancient castle, Marcus wants to fight back.

However, distractions keep pushing their way into his life. Chief amongst them is Bobby Maiden. The DI was killed by his corrupt boss. But then sister Anderson, a nurse, and alternative healer brought him back.

Now he is plagued by frightening dreams. Anderson brings Bobby to Marcus because she thinks he can help the police officer.

Meanwhile, Cindy, a ventriloquist, is certain that a serial killer is on the loose. However, he has no proof and no one will listen to him.



I have not counted the number of times that Phil/Will has had a pop at Richard Dawkins in his many novels.

But enough to tell us what he thinks of this #famous person/darwinian/atheist.

Back to Annie and Dave AND Stranger Danger. Gotta love past insults :o)

Please, Sir. I Want Some More

I’ve never really been a fan of Dickens but he has been a part of my life for decades.

Bleak House – Gibraltar.

The Charles Dickens Pub – Portsmouth.

Great Expectations – School.

One of his sons was a lawyer/Queens Council, Henry, who tried some famous criminal.

Monica Dickens – a great granddaughter who wrote about Follyfoot Farm.

Anyhoo and not the point.

GRUEL is the subject.

P.S. My Dad always made porridge with salt and not sugar. Water and not milk. Bloody Scots peeps :o)

Words, Words, Words

Hamlet. KenBran and Richard Briers.


I’m a writer. Words are my WORK. I’m also a new sub to Scott. BUT…..as ever, I’ve brought along MY mess to HIS channel.

I’m so sorry.

Hopefully we can do more words today without being FLAT-SMACKED….which is a phrase that I posted live on the GlobeLieTour way back with T4 and fam. I was told off for saying that. Smack = BAD.

Just a word, peeps. Just a word.

Plotters vs Pantsers

My first draft of Weave a Garland of My Vows was pure pantser. I included EVERYTHING I’d researched and this BS ended up with close to a million words. No exaggeration.

Second draft was not much better. Nor third.

By the fourth draft – I realised that what I’d written was an entire series spanning from 1622 to 1679.

Only then did I become a Plotter.

Every single word, sentence, backstory, emotion, speech, exposition had to have something connected to something else.

I’ve written both fiction and non-fiction. The above “plotter” rules apply to both.

Welcome to the complete and utter torment of writing a book.


How To Start & Build a LIE

It started for me in 2018. I’d spent almost a year watching videos by certain yt creators. Then I joined the “trooth” community via FEB in January 2019

Stuff went viral. See image above.

Woohoooooo! Not :o(

I was given the label of Desperate Chick on yt in search of a babe.

It got so much worse from there. Banned. Trolled. Insulted. Threatened. Humiliated. Ignored. Ghosted. Blocked. Demonised. Hated. Patreon account destroyed. New website destroyed. Work destroyed.

Some of ’em even quoted MY OWN WORK at me and called me evil.

Y’all can see how my life turned from a respected writer to a toxic know-nothing nobody.


Here’s what I’m still seen as all these years later …A Desperate Housewife.

Yay. That’s me. Married to the same man since 1483 and now searching for a yt boy toy.



Ravens of Dinefwr- my W.I.P. – followed the lives of some REAL historical (?!) people. The Kings and Princes and families of Wales in the early 1100’s. But they were joined by purely fictional characters. Who helped fill in the academic historical lacunae. When you have over a decade missing from the sources/ records, you have to get imaginative.

The Main Character was a “fictional” cousin of Gruffydd ap Rhys. I had trouble picturing a face to fit this fierce, flawed, flighty man.

Then I saw the image above. Bingo!

Don’t know the actor’s name but he appeared in The Last Kingdom TV series. Which was based on Bernard Cornwell’s book. Mr Cornwell has been a decade long FB “friend” of mine. He used to contact me. Sometimes. Which made my brother very jealous because he likes Cornwell’s books!

Once Upon a Time….Sigh.

So who was Uhtred?

Dunno. But BFF lives a hop and a spit away from Bamburgh Castle and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Deep mid-winter is not a good time to visit both. We looked from afar.


Ravens of Dinefwr

This is the basis of my next novel – that’ll have to wait. As long as I have to battle fake history.

1093. Rhys ap Tewdwr and his son, Gruffydd ap Rhys who married Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd. She’s the one who was beheaded. Gruffydd died less than a year later. In unknown circs. Both of them were OUTLAWED and spent their lives moving from pillar to post.

There’s a thread that runs through all these stories.

Monty James : Oh! Whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad.

I’ve been brought to this story by circuitous routes.

I have MR James in book and audio form…a long-term project. This is one story that totally sticks with me.

“Quis est iste qui venit?”

Parkins, the protagonist, is a young Cambridge University professor on holiday in the town of Burnstow (a fictionalized version of FelixstoweSuffolk), on the southeast coast of England. He resides at The Globe Inn for the duration of his stay, and has promised to investigate the grounds of a nearby preceptory for a colleague during his stay, with view to his colleague further exploring the site the following summer.

While investigating a cavity within what he believes to be the base of a ruined Templar platform or altar for his colleague, Parkins finds an ancient bronze whistle. Parkins pockets his find and returns to the inn, noting as he walks along the desolate beach that a “shape of indistinct personage” appears to be making great efforts to catch up with him in the distance, to no avail.

Everything has a link in this infinite chain :o)

AND – Bonus View.

The incomparable Mark Gatiss aka Mycroft (Horror Fan just like me) tells us a story about Monty James.

BTW : I’ll be taking this Ghostly (Banquo) vibe even further today. YAY

John William Polidori : Following the Threads

Polidori died aged 25.

In his short life though, he had a HUGE influence. He was a physician and a writer who had many contacts with people who we are much more familiar with.

Wollstonecraft, Rossetti, Shelley, Byron (Mad, Bad, Dangerous to know)

Did he die by his own hand?

Who knows for sure but he wrote a FAMOUS story : The Vampyre in 1819.

Look it up.

I’m not storytelling :o)

P.S. He looks very romantic and handsome in his portrait. Schwoon.

1845 vs 1897

What’s the betting that Bram read many a penny dreadful ?

Carmilla was serialised in a magazine. Even Arthur Conan Doyle started his Sherlock Holmes stories in serial magazine format.

Let’s go back to Varney the Vampire…..see previous post???

SHOCK SHOCK HORROR HORROR : Yay. I’m a huge fan of Gothic Literature. I ain’t dissing it one little bit.

‘Promote ill purposes and Flatter foul desires.’

POETS Day – of a sort.

As in Pee Off Early, Tuesday Soon :o)

My brain had convinced me that the latest Merrily book would be available on the 2nd of April.

Stupid Brain!

Phil Rickman

Next book in the MW exorcism series, out on June 2, 2022.

’I called on darkness… midnight darkness…’

At the end of the 18th century, the poet William

Wordsworth rambled, in a strange visionary 

haze, from Salisbury Plain up into the Wye 

Valley. The epic walk changed his life.

More than 200 years later, Oxford student David

Vaynor followed the same secluded route and 

still can’t explain what happened to him there.

Now he’s back, as a police detective investigating

a suspicious death and finding that, in this place of

awesome cliffs and chasms, there are crimes the 

police can’t deal with.

Meanwhile, Merrily Watkins, diocesan exorcist for 

Hereford, is being warned that in-depth investigation 

is not part of her job – a job she may not be holding 

down for much longer. At the start of the national

lockdown caused by the threatening pandemic, she’ll be 

risking her future to help Vaynor uncover the secrets of 

England and Wales’ s most revered river.

For behind the scenic beauty are elements that, as 

Wordsworth put it, ‘promote ill purposes and flatter 

foul desires.’

The Far-Farers : Ravens of Dinefwr

My original blog : Greta Brookes began as a book blog about ….


The Ravens of Dinefwr is the first in a series of novels-in-progress set in the early 12th century. It follows the dispossessed members of the South Wales House of Dinefwr from their origins in Deheubarth to the centre of the known world, Jerusalem.  Come and be my fellow Far-Farer.  Come travelling and unravelling with me through Wales, Norway, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Russia, Constantinople, Italy, the Balkans, the Holy Land.  Come and Far-Fare through every degree on my 12th century compass.

It contained my thoughts and research into the writing of said “Chronicles” which began with the story of Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd almost 20 years ago.

The whole was going to contain a new chronology and become a story of the 12th century Comnenus family reflected via Gwenllian over 36 years.

Gwenllian was the daughter of Gruffydd ap Cynan, King of Gwynedd, North Wales and the wife of Gruffydd ap Rhys Tewdwr, King of Deheubarth, South Wales.

Her death in 1136 was to be the climax of the books.

But as they will never be written now – a fact that I’m sadly aware of, here is what happened to Gwenllian.

Her everlasting fame comes from being the only woman in British (maybe ALL) history to have EVER been executed this way. On the battlefield. Or so they say!!!

Her place of death is called Maes Gwenllian. Gwenllian’s Field. A very touristy place.

Mr Phoebus : Elgar

The Remains of an Altar.

I learn so much from Phil Rickman.

I’m listening to Remains right now.

In 1934, the dying composer Sir Edward Elgar feebly whistled to a friend the theme from his Cello Concerto and said, “If you’re walking on the Malvern Hills and hear that, don’t be frightened. It’s only me.” Seventy years later, Merrily Watkins—parish priest and Deliverance Consultant to the Diocese of Hereford—is called in to investigate an alleged paranormal dimension in a spate of road accidents in the Malvern village of Wychehill. There, Merrily discovers new tensions in Elgar’s countryside. The proposed takeover of a local pub by a nightclub owner with a criminal reputation has become the battleground between the defenders of Olde Englande and the hard men of the drug world—with extreme and sinister elements on both sides. And as the choral society prepares to stage an open-air performance of Elgar’s Caractacus at a prehistoric hill fort, the deaths begin…Another spellbinding thriller in Phil Rickman’s lauded occult mystery series.

Who the fluff is Mr. Phoebus?

He’s more down-to-earth than you’d imagine.

As for Caractacus Hill – been there done that. Caradog…betrayed by Cartimandua to the Romans. His son, Linus, was supposedly the Very First Bishop of Rome.

Let’s get Hysterically Historical here with a magical, musical, mystery tour :o)

Oh. And sorry for the vernacular but – when a pig-shit-ignorant ytber stands on an altar stone smoking a spliff and pontificating about how wonderful he is……I exit stage left.

A.A. Milne vs Robert Louis Stevenson

I’ve been back with childhood book memories again and I had a choice between the two authors above.

I’m not feeling very Winnie the Pooh right now. More like Eeyore :o)


Well. the latest yt ban has me bemused. All I did was tell the truth.

I’m totally stumped and bemused. How can my comment above about my son be seen as grounds for another content creator ban?

Especially when he and his are constantly stealing words from ME and these posts?

Robert Louis Stevenson.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde…a journey into elixir (DRUGS) that uncover the nasty hidden part of ourselves.

Way to go, homie :o)

Wace & Layamon

Layamon’s Brut came up in my research yesterday. It came after the Welsh Dracula paragraph!

And yep. I’ve had the book for decades – or a modern version of Layamon’s Brut. Because when I research, I research deeply.

It’s all about the flow of information. Where it first started. Who started it? Why? Where? How did the transmission change? When?

Then y’all dive into the next layer of research. What changed? When? Where? Who? How? Why?

Where do the various sources meet and agree and where and how do they depart?

The Arthurian Chronicles. My, my. What a crock has been served over the centuries. In my opinion!!!!!

The King and 12 knights. The NeverEndingStory.

I Will NVR4GT Glencoe

Right at the beginning of Bruce’s video below is a perfect picture of the mountains I climbed aged 20.

See the narrow ridges along the tops? Some were only wide enough for two x size 5 feet in Army boots to walk. Around 10 inches across.

See the flanks? They were all dry, midsummer scree. We descended in less than a quarter of the time it took to get up there. Brutal Landscape.

But the views from the top are AWESOME :o)

BTW : I am Lady Glencoe IRL (along with zillions of others!!)

I bought this Highland title about 15 years ago for £100. Why? Because I now own about 1 square foot of the land and there is a tree growing there with my name on it. FACT


Words, Words, Words : Hamlet

More and more, as each day passes, I’m appreciating my English Literature Lessons with Miss Woodhouse.

WORDS. Books. Writing. Meaning.

As a writer myself, I’m quite often stunned when I re-read my own written words. As a reader, I see so much more than was written.

Skip forward : the last sentence makes sense to me. OK? Good.

This is why I prefer to write with pen and paper and NEVER throw any of it away. I came across a scrappy note not long ago on which I’d written (by hand) :

His words were as moist and slippery as a tongue.

I’ve no memory of writing it or why or when.

OK. The question is : What Book Turned Dorian Gray Evil?

Confession – I’ve not finished watching the video below and don’t know the answer, even though I’ve read the words. My bad ;o))

August 2018 : Shadow Self

Here’s a reminder of a reminder of an original post.

No Widgets found in the Sidebar Alt!


August 2018 : Shadow Self

Saturday, 3 October 2020, 15:05

Within a few days of opening this website I wrote three (off-the-cuff, from the heart) articles about writing HisFic.



And then – to compound this truthful GB atrocity – and because neither beheading nor mask nor public humiliation nor doing my work 99.9999% alone with 99.999% yt opposition…….I could NOT Shut Up.


I talk here about acknowledging the Shadow Self.

Come at me NOW – all y’all and Call ME an EVIL, STALKING, Need to Study More, Housewifey, Masonic Liar…ONCE Again ? ? ?


Yup. The They are STILL doing The They BS.

I’ll stick with CG Jung. Much better than y’all.

Shit. I SO HATE that “y’all” vibe. It sickens me but is necessary……STILL!!!

The Fall of the House of Usher : 1839

Wow. Minutes before the 1850 reset!

It’s been decades since I read this. Yes. I’m huge fan of the Gothic Horror Genre. And EAP. The Raven is spectacular. In my humble opinion…Nevermore. Lenore. Door.

Is this the one where he buries his sister alive? Hang on. Checking the FACTS on yt………


OK. Fine. Dementia staved off. Yes.

What intrigues me is the name USHER.

Mmmn. The Devil is in the DETAILS?

Cour des miracles

Way back when I was writing my novel about Marie de Rohan – Weave a Garland of My Vows

…I came across the Cours des Miracles and got side-tracked for as long as it took to write a synopsis, character profiles and an outline for another – purely fictional book – about a murder in 17th century Paris that had the Theatre and the Cour des Miracles as major characters.

Still got the notes!

Also wrote a post about it in 2020


Professional Beggar vs Real Beggar

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 16:38

Oh. Revelation.

Trying to find a pic on the internet to show beggars in Karachi, I had to trawl through all the professional beggar images first.

This reminded me of all the research that I’ve done into the history of the poor.

Especially the Cour des Miracles in Paris in the 17th c.

I almost fell for the MS history CRAP apart from one thing that I KNOW.


Another completely FAF MS History crock of Sideswipe to pervert and control the masses?

Just HOW FAR BACK does this shit go?


I’ve just turned on the TV in the front room and gone straight to yt and
THIS was in my recommended.

OK. Thanks for reminding me of a Simple Minds song :o)

Deeply Uncomfortable Life Path

From day 1 on ytoob I presented my work with the New Chronology narrative to Martin Liedtke. He very kindly shared this with his subs and other friends.

This was 3 years and 5 days ago.

To this date (10/1/2020) Fomenko and his team’s work has been at the very core of The Hidden History Project. I applied every single element of my former Police Investigative training to my studies of this – as if I was interrogating a suspect or questioning a witness…again.

Sadly : 3 years and 5 days ago, I was seen as a crazy crank who had thrown something new into the arena that titillated a few, for a minute or two. And then they rejected me and my work.

Life has moved on and suddenly many are asking about New Chronology. Not from me. From those who rejected the premise back then.

Here is the only place open to me now. Here is where I had to start again after a total totalling of everything.

I’m so grateful to those who follow me and like some of my posts. As YOU know – it’s not just crazy crank history here. There is so much more.

Bless you all for making my uncomfortable worth every second of my pain xxx

Time To Enter the Labyrinth : The Name of the Rose

I have had this novel on my shelves for more years than I am willing to admit.

I know more about Umberto Eco than this book. I’ve read several of his non-fiction works.

OK. I may be old enough now to handle this :o)


The name of the central character, William of Baskerville, alludes both to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes (compare The Hound of the Baskervilles – also, Adso’s description of William in the beginning of the book resembles, almost word for word, Dr. Watson’s description of Sherlock Holmes when he first makes his acquaintance in A Study in Scarlet) and to William of Ockham (see the next section). The name of the narrator, his apprentice Adso of Melk is among other things a pun on Simplicio from Galileo Galilei‘s Dialogue; Adso deriving from “ad Simplicio” (“to Simplicio”). Adso’s putative place of origin, Melk, is the site of a famous medieval library, at Melk Abbey. And his name echoes the narrator of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Watson (omitting the first and last letters, with “t” and “d” being phonetically similar).[16]

The blind librarian Jorge of Burgos is a nod to Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, a major influence on Eco. Borges was blind during his later years and was also director of Argentina’s national library; his short story “The Library of Babel” is an inspiration for the secret library in Eco’s book.[17] Another of Borges’s stories, “The Secret Miracle“, features a blind librarian. In addition, a number of other themes drawn from various of Borges’s works are used throughout The Name of the Roselabyrinths, mirrors, sects and obscure manuscripts and books.

The ending also owes a debt to Borges’ short story “Death and the Compass“, in which a detective proposes a theory for the behaviour of a murderer. The murderer learns of the theory and uses it to trap the detective. In The Name of the Rose, the librarian Jorge uses William’s belief that the murders are based on the Revelation to John to misdirect William, though in Eco’s tale, the detective succeeds in solving the crime.

The “poisoned page” motif may have been inspired by Alexandre Dumas‘ novel La Reine Margot (1845). It was also used in the film Il giovedì (1963) by Italian director Dino Risi.[18] A similar story is associated with the Chinese erotic novel Jin Ping Mei, translated as The Golden Lotus or The Plum in the Golden Vase.

Eco seems also to have been aware of Rudyard Kipling‘s short story “The Eye of Allah“, which touches on many of the same themes, like optics, manuscript illumination, music, medicine, priestly authority and the Church’s attitude to scientific discovery and independent thought, and which also includes a character named John of Burgos.

Eco was also inspired by the 19th century Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni, citing The Betrothed as an example of the specific type of historical novel he purposed to create, in which some of the characters may be made up, but their motivations and actions remain authentic to the period and render history more comprehensible.[19]

Throughout the book, there are Latin quotes, authentic and apocryphal. There are also discussions of the philosophy of Aristotle and of a variety of millenarist heresies, especially those associated with the fraticelli. Numerous other philosophers are referenced throughout the book, often anachronistically, including Wittgenstein.


I’ve also chosen not to watch the film until I’d read the book.

Let’s enter :o)

Finally : I’ve Found a Researcher On MY Research Track

I came across Howdie via Owen Benjamin…today.

Thank you, BB :o)

I discovered The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail over 20 years ago too. Just after I’d really begun to deeply research the Cathars. Henry Lincoln brought us (the public) to Rennes-le-Chateau and all that. But it was always the Cathars who intrigued me most.

I’ve written about them several times and still research them today, despite outside objections by yt!

Coming from a New Chronology angle, I see this subject in a different light to many (most) others but there IS an undeniable link between the New Testament and the South of France. Everything goes back to the same source.

In MY research, the Mary who travelled to the South of France was Marie, the daughter of Andronicus I Comnenus. She first married the Lord of Montpellier and then the prince, later King of Aragon. Catalonia too is very connected here. The language, Occitan – the Langue d’Oc is of great importance.

This, in my opinion, is a subject well worth the time spent on looking into – PROPERLY. With an open mind and a willingness to see.

Greta Brookes – 18th of March 2019 : The Hidden History of the Cathars Part 1

For those who don’t know – Greta Brookes was my pen name when I used to earn a living wage from my writing in the pre- yt Babe’s Cathar expertise days. FACT!

The “New Chronology” is crazier than you might think 🐻

Opinions are like arses – everybody has one!

Well. I may or MAY NOT have wasted a good proportion of the last 20 years of my life testing the CRAZY New Chronology “Pseudo – Science.”


I’ve gained more than I’ve lost. Time included :o)

I take their pseudo-whatnots and test them rigorously against my own, small, knowledge of history, hoping to find a boo-boo or several.

On New Year’s Eve 2018 I wrote the post below :


The Many Hidden Mysteries of Grand Tataria.

Monday, 31 December 2018, 6:36

Have you heard of Grand Tartaria?

Did they teach you about this immense Empire at school?

Do you know where it was?

I’ve known about Tartaria/Tartary for quite a while now but it stayed on the outskirts of my research until about 6 months ago. Then all of a sudden, everywhere I look, I’m finding mentions of this Empire. It is being deeply investigated right now by many amazing researchers, from multiple angles.

So – where do I come in?


For any of this information here to be understood, you HAVE to KNOW

that our whole history has been deliberately falsified.

This is a MAHOOSIVE area of study and the subject of future posts.

Well, right now, all I have is many, many questions and many many subjects that I’m linking together. And all that I can give you, at this moment in time is a list of my mixed up knowledge and the way it is slowly (but ever so brightly) linking together.

Not a lot of this will make sense right now. These are just clues. Signposts.

But, PLEASE bear with me over the coming months as I gather in more information.

Right. Let’s take a look at the first Very Rough Guide to  —

The Greta Brookes, Hidden History Project, Guide to Grand Tartaria. 


  • Grand Tartaria existed but has been deliberately wiped from our knowledge.
  • Grand Tartaria was a HUGE, interlinked Empire that covered much of the known and unknown world.
  • Anything concerning Grand Tartaria is -today- reported by the mainstream ‘know-it-all’ establishment NEGATIVELY.
  • The structure of this society has been systematically erased over the last few centuries. On the ground as well as on paper.
  • What are the reasons for all the above?


  • The truth about WHO WE REALLY ARE.
  • The truth about religion.
  • The truth about why our history has been put into the washing machine, cleaned, rinsed, spun about and then hung out on the line all shiny new, muddled up, and smelling sweeter (!)
  • Andronicus I Comnenus (killed in Constantinople)
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Crusades
  • Kievan Rus
  • Magnus Barefoot, King of Norway (killed in Ireland)
  • Harold Hardradr, King of Norway, Magnus Barefoot’s Grandfather (killed at Stamford Bridge in England)
  • Anne of Kiev.
  • Vladimir the Great and his wife.
  • Yaroslav the Wise
  • Elisiv, daughter of Yaroslav the Wise
  • St Magnus of Norway
  • Yaroslav Osmomysl of Galicia
  • Thrace
  • Phrygia
  • Paphlagonia
  • Anatolia
  • Kashka people
  • Aromanian
  • Romean
  • Vlachs
  • The Tsar of the Slavs
  • Margaret of Scotland
  • White Mummies found in Western China
  • The Fisher King and his wounded thigh
  • The Sack of Constantinople 1204
  • The Turin Shroud
  • The Mandylion
  • Constantinople=Jerusalem=Rome=Troy
  • The Haga Sophia/Temple of Solomon
  • Vlad the Impaler
  • Elisabeth Bathory
  • Red-haired, blue eyed people.
  • Trebizond
  • The Vatican
  • Great Fire of London
  • Romanov book 1648 “Book about Faith”
  • The Number of the BEAST 666
  • Birth by Cesarean Section
  • Pantera the Roman Soldier
  • The Comet, Solar Eclipse and Earthquake of 1185
  • Resets
  • Mud Floods
  • WHY, in Jean de Courcy’s Global Chronicle pictures are the FOUNDERS of TROY wearing WOOL LINED WINTER HATS WITH EAR FLAPS????

More to come…….

Happy New Year to ALL x


In another post I wrote – If what I’m doing turns out to be a complete waste of time, no worries. I’ve had fun :o)

I’m still having fun. With Xenia Borisovna and a Prince of Denmark…but not Hamlet! Shame.

What is a TUP & What is a HOLME?

Going back to Godiva and Tupholme Abbey.

A TUP is a randy male sheep…a RAM.

A HOLME is a piece of land that often gets flooded by the local river.

Tupholme Abbey, or the ruins of – to this day – is by the River Witham and is grazed by sheep who escaped the regular floods. I’ve seen this with mine own eyes.

It’s a lovely spot on my doorstep.

Faith, Hope & Clarity

So many childhood memories.

We once lived in a flat, my parents, me, one toddler brother and one baby brother and the grown ups knew exactly how to keep me quiet and occupied for hours. All it took was a scrapbook, some Victorian pictures, scissors and a glue stick. I’d be parked at the dining room table but always found that too confining so ended up on the floor surrounded by “stuff.”


I’ve gone back to this just recently with Sarica as my guide and mentor.

The Traveler’s Notebook is now being used as both a planner and a journal. I’ve thrown away the amazing Ryder Carroll system. Again – far too restrictive.

My journal has two sentences hand written on the cover. The one in the title above because this process is incredibly peaceful and meditative. The other is a quote from Hamlet…


Simple. Childlike and something that can be done as and when.

Here is Sarica.

We Mortals Are but Shadows & Dust

Freaking Smart Arse Kids around here!

That’s all I said and got back…..PROXIMO.


I use this phrase all the time after the words…… Mother, have you done xyz ?

I might’ve committed some WOKE Crime against my kids there. LMFAO :o)

P.S. In my limited knowledge of story writing – the first of these scenes is called fore-shadowing. It’s a perfect plot point that will not be revealed until the end. This particular one is fore-shadowing with a twist. One thinks he will die soon. But …

Only when we hear him say the words in the second scene below do we understand.

Númenor : 1914/1916

The dates vary as to when Tolkien started his Legendarium. Anyways – it was way before the film Metropolis but even the novel.


Mary Gentle has written several “steampunk”/”alternative history” novels. Some are collected in the book White Crow.

I have to confess that I’m not a Tolkien – ist. I know his novels from them being read to me at Junior School by Mrs Bagguley, our teacher. The last half hour of the school day we had The Hobbit and another one.

I know he was an Inkling at University.

I know that he was Steeped in myth and legend.

This video here has been a true eye-opener for me.

Anne Rice : Sad News

My son knows me too well. He’s just run downstairs and told me this… :o(

OMG. Anne Rice is a HUGE part of my book life. The Mummy is my favourite – way beyond Interview With a Vampire & The Witches of Mayfair etc

Sad !

Memnon? Ozymandias? Rameses the Great?

I had no idea it would lead to this!

The Winchcombe Grotesques

Yes. I’m back with Phil Rickman/Will Kingdom and Night After Night.

To me – he is a perfect example of how to use local folk-lore and legend inside a work of fiction.

Right at the heart of Night After Night is a Nightmare experienced by one of the characters. She has a recurring dream about the many grotesques on her local church, St. Peter’s, Winchcombe.

I’ve never been there. Part of my extended family live in Tetbury but we parted ways over a decade ago through lies and deceptions that were nothing to do with us and everything to do with our money…and their greed.

There is a huge difference between gargoyles and grotesques if you take the time to research. (?)

OK,SO…Winchcombe is on my list (very long list) of places to visit.

Oh. P.S. Phil also uses the local Long Barrow as a character !!!

The Welsh Marches

This may be a deeper reason why I love Phil Rickman’s books so much. He is steeped in this border and it’s legends/mythology/beauty.

The Wye Valley is stunning.

I’ve deeply researched the Marcher Lords for a novel, Ravens of Dinefwr, about the family of the late Rhys ap Tewdwr, King of Deheubarth.

Roger de Montgomery, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, was a major focus. Not just him but his dead wife and his sons.

Through Mainstream History :Wife, Mabel was killed (beheaded) in her bath because she was slightly cruel and over-bearing.

Hugh, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury was shot in the eye with an arrow by Magnus Barelegs, King of Norway.

Robert (nicknamed Le Diable) was his mother’s son.

Arnulf was a loose cannon. He may (or not) have married the daughter of Muirchertach Ua Briain, King of Ireland. MS Hist calls her Lafracoth but in the sources that I used she was called Affrica. Go figure.

Roger the great then the Marches. A twofer :o)


I say Mole-skeen. You say Moles-kine. Moles -kin. Whatever.

Much like the girl in the video below I’ve been such a lover of Moleskine journals for almost 20 years.

The a5 hardback is my own personal favourite but the cahiers are good. Also the a4 soft covers. And the reporters notebook is lovely because you can write over two pages – vertically and not break a thought.

Anyhoo – True Moleskines are out of my price range now but you can buy cheaper versions (always go for the back pocket, the page marker and the elastic closure)

I’ve found a company on amazon uk that do very similar notebooks but with added bonuses. There are a few index pages in the front and each page is numbered. Which helps me not having to save several back pages for my index and number each page by hand. Bonus.

BTW : If Moleskine wants to sponsor me…… :o)

OH. Obsessed Is Me!

I’ve been obsessed with travellers notebooks for a long time now and have even made my own.

Which is OK but…the editor in me sees only flaws and mistakes. Sigh.

My boys gave me an Amazon voucher for my birthday and I HAD to buy one. A real one. HAD TO. HAD TO. HAD TO!

It arrives today…soon. In a couple of hours. Too long away. Speed up postman. Please (?)

Impatient? Moi?

Every writer knows that a brilliant idea will only stay in your brain for a few seconds before it is pushed out by other Real Life Stuff – ergo – these flashes of genius (!) need to be written down.

I’ve always preferred pen and paper over machinery but the swamps of old envelopes and Post-It notes and loo paper notes and etc is now at critical mass.

a5 is my own personal favourite size of notebook because my handwriting is quite big and tends towards uncontrollable.

We also have a pen polterghoost in the house who will steal and hide any writing implement the minute I put it down.

This kind of notebook plus system – for myself – is a beyond perfect solution.


HAPPY AS……a girl who can stuff a book full of stuff.


Or – the South Land of the Vikings.

Whichever. Seeing as they share the same latitude.

This place is as far north west as y’all can go on mainland GB/UK.

Having read every single Hamish Macbeth book by Marion Chesney aka M.C. Beaton, from thence comes my only knowledge of the place. Apparently it’s…beautifully harsh. Mountaineers fall from on high onto the roads by the dozen. You can get every weather system ever invented in just one day.

I’d still like to go there. In the summer.

BTW : there are many veiled ways to get revenge for wrongs done. These books were televised and the series became very popular. I enjoyed them, slightly, because I knew that the TV company had totally shafted the writer out of every right.

Plockton. This was the pretty TV location.


The series was filmed on location in the village of Plockton, the town of Kyle of Lochalsh and the surrounding area.
Hamish Macbeth (TV series) – Wikipedia

M.C. Beaton dissed the entire, disgusting experience in just one sentence. Props, hen :o)

The REAL Sutherland. Savage beauty.