While there are few records of Viking women participating in battle, they certainly held positions of high status in society as human sorceresses known as ‘volvas.’
When I started researching history in the 1960s, a lot of women about whom I’ve subsequently written were actually footnotes to history. There was a perception that women weren’t important. And it’s true. Women were seen historically as far inferior to men.
With a novel, there is no hurrying it. You’re constantly walking into the unknown.
With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.
It is better to be a has-been than a never-was.
The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.
For two decades the state has been taking liberties, and these liberties were once ours.
I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions.
Justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.
The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.