I was honoured to do a presentation for the St. David’s Day banquet in Sarasota FL on March 1. The host for the event was the Gulf Coast Welsh Society and the banquet was held at the stunning Laurel Oaks Golf and Country Club.
After some fine music and singing, I spoke about Prince Madoc and the possibility that he sailed to North America some 300 years before Columbus. I tried to present evidence both for and against this legend, but was delighted to tie the legends into my newest book The Prince Madoc Secret which explores that legend and the possibility of its veracity.
I also had the opportunity to sign copies of my earlier books and was pleased at the positive response to my talk, both from those who knew of the legends and those who didn’t. To use a shop-worn cliché “a good time was had by all.”
The warm weather didn’t hurt either!
Here are some photos from that wonderful evening.
“I’ve never read anything Arthurian, but we were given this book as a gift and read it aloud as a family. We were immediately swept into another world that we found absolutely irresistible. Each chapter left us craving for more, anxious for the next time we could imbibe in this feast of words. Written almost like a screenplay for a thriller, we loved all the rich colourful details that transported us from one epic scene to another. The second book is on our Christmas list, and we can hardly wait. This book, and likely the rest in the series, must certainly be made into movies.
Josh Tiessen, artist
“The reader hops from country to country in a nail-biting drama that pulls back the curtain on the little-known historical facts surrounding one of Hitler’s obsessions. Here, fact is more intriguing than fiction and makes The Lucifer Scroll one of those books you can’t put down. I keep waiting for the militia to come to the rescue of the weak and end the tension but it goes on. I sense a parallel to the events of history today. Perhaps the sequel will tell all or leave me wondering.”
After reading a few reviews for The Excalibur Parchment by Barrie Doyle, we agree that it would be a great addition to our collection. We have also ordered book 2 in the series – The Lucifer Scroll. We hope you enjoy these exciting new reads.
Richmond, BC Public Library
Here’s a story that shows archaeology identifying the probability of some of the Athurian stories. In this case the location of his birthplace. More and more, historians and archaeologists are making discoveries that are pointing towards Arthur having existed and led the Celtic post-Romano Britons against Saxon invaders.