|Tower with Ghibelline (swallowtail) crenellations, Assisi|
We have a winner! The contest in a previous post (here) has been well and truly won by Monique Liddle, whose absolutely correct and amazingly prompt answers appear in her comment at the end of the blog. Monique, please get in touch with me so I can send you the book you've won. I need to know your preferred format and where to send it. Congratulations, and thanks for entering!
On December 24th I will be hosting a guest post from author Nancy Jardine, who is promoting her new book, After Whorl: Bran Reborn, the second book in her Celtic Fervour series set in Roman Britain. She will describe what goes into researching a not-so-well-documented period, and I think you'll find it very interesting.
I'm recently back from a research trip to Assisi, where I had the privilege of spending a wonderful three weeks. My husband and I stayed in an apartment just a few yards from the cathedral, with its ancient romanesque facade. Had it been the thirteenth century, we would have been Saint Clare's next-door neighbors. We had a spectacular view out across the valley. We spent many days in the Basilica of Saint Francis, studying and enjoying the frescoes. That remarkable building is probably the most extraordinary indoor space I have ever been in (though the Sistine Chapel and the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua are both close competitors).
Naturally I will be blogging about this, but with all of the things that accumulated while we were away and the holidays coming up, it may come out in bits and pieces.
To whet your appetite, I'll post a random selection from our photos taken in Assisi:
|View from our window|
|Fortress on a hill (the Rocca)|
|The Rocca, up close|
|View of the city|
|Nothing is flat here - lots of up and down|
|View from the Basilica of Saint Francis|
|The Basilica of Saint Francis|
|Assisi's answer to America's Pizzeria Uno|
Images in this post are all photographs taken by Timothy Heath, who holds copyright.