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Class: Sources of Fantasy

Class: Sources of Fantasy

Sponsor: Lawson Writers Academy Warlords, Druids & Dragons Where is the road to a New York Times bestseller? Let me point you in the right direction—write a fantasy! Different sources…

The Celtic Feast

The Celtic Feast

Celtic Society In the Iron Age, the greatest distinction in Celtic society was between the free and the unfree.  Freemen owned the best farms and had access to good pastures;…

St Michael’s Day in the Scottish Highlands

St Michael Vanquishing Satan Since St Michael’s Day is coming soon, 29 September, I thought it might be appropriate to write something about his feast day. Saint Michael the Archangel…

Bloodfeud in Scotland

Bloodfeud in Scotland

Blood Blood had a strong visual impact in ‘a society where symbol and ritual were important means of communication’. In 1593 some poor women from Nithsdale travelled up to Edinburgh…

Altram: Fosterage Kept the Clans Strong

Altram: Fosterage Kept the Clans Strong

Fosterage in Scotland and Ireland was the most important form of artificial kinship meant to keep a lineage alive. The child of a greater man was fostered by a lesser man…