Having just read your fascinating and brilliantly written article (What Catholic England would look like today) in ‘Catholic Herald’ I found this website and have sent for your two Ghost story books and can’t wait for them to arrive.
Thank you for your kind comments, Robert. I do hope you enjoy the ghost stories! All best wishes, Dominic
Dear Dominic, you gave one reference to Espinas in Knights of the Cloister. As a resident there off and on, do you have other material on a Espinas that will help me understand the village’s history? Many thanks, Michael
I read your recent piece on the English Reformation and loved it! A friend who fancies herself as something of an expert is criticizing your reference to book burning, “The Tate recently estimated that over 90 per cent of all English art was trashed in the period, and scarcely a handful of books survived the burning of the great monastic and university libraries. Oxford’s vast Bodleian, for instance, was left without a single book.”
Do you have any resources that I can pass along supporting what you’ve written? The Bodliean’s own site says it was “denuded of books” but that’s not enough for her.
I’d like to know more myself as I’ve just started reading some of Eamonn Duffy’s work.
Hi – glad you liked the article! The books and manuscripts of Oxford University’s library (in Duke Humfrey’s Library) were all burned or sold. Even the shelves were taken out, as there was nothing to put on them. Duke Humfrey’s Library was abandoned and given to the Faculty of Medicine. When Sir Thomas Bodley later gave Oxford his collection, he noted that the university’s former library “in every part lay ruined and waste”. Over time, other collectors helped to rebuild back the university’s collection.
See, for example:
Hello Dominic, I was thrilled to hear about this book and am greatly looking forward to reading it. You impressed me some 20 years ago with your research into the Templars in Occitania. This novel looks extremely promising. “Chapeau” for continuing the journey. Your blog is also extremely interesting. In gratitude, N.
A really interesting subject, well done!
Dominic, I had no idea this is what you were up to. I can’t claim to know much about your sphere of research/knowledge but I did enjoy reading ‘Foucault’s Pendulum’ many years ago. I look forward to reading your works over the summer.
Thoroughly looking forward to the book’s appearance. My appetite has been whetted…..Great blog.
Hi Dominic, really looking forward to read this book 😉
I look forward to reading book. Suprised bio did not mention Boo P and counterfeiters!!
Congrats on your new book – cannot wait to read it. Looking forward to find some familiar castles and locations 🙂 All the best to you and your family! Astrid
I can’t wait to read the novel, and I know all the ancient language texts will be accurate, if not authentic.
ahhh I spent literally an hour meeemrizsd by that chain dress at LFW, it is incredible. When, where and what you could wear it with I have no idea but it would look perfect just displayed in my flat. A girl can dream Xella-lapetiteanglaise.blogspot.com
Dominic, having been privileged to read the first manuscript of The Sword of Moses, I am desperate to read the full published work. Not just because it is a superb piece of gripping story-telling but because you (being you) withheld the last few chapters !
There can surely be few writers today who have such a detailed understanding of the subject matter, matched with the linguistic ability to create an un-put-downable page turner.
Now – let the printing presses roll !
Mon ami, you were a father, a husband, a lawyer, a host, a friend. I discover you as a writer coupling intellectual research and soon to come historical “polar”. You are quite a guy.
Dominic, I am glad that you manage to keep your amazing thoughts together alongside the overtly demanding corporate world which does every thing but to provoke the intellectually stimulating thinking in us. Wonderful job and thanks for creating this blog. Although, didn’t get a chnace to read your highly acclaimed book ‘Knights of the Cloister’, I indeed look forward to having a go at ‘The Sword of Moses’. You are an inspiration as ever. God bless you and your family.
Thank you Dominic for your sharing your creativity and your work. It is a pleasure.
Jule – I am still very much enjoying your creativity, which enhances my day, every day. I remain sincerely grateful. You are a true craftsman.
Love your book Dominic. Couldn’t stop reading it!
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