[ fiction / novel / historical ]
At the beginning of the Eighth Century, the two Pillars of Hercules represented the two cultures which lived under their shadow. On the one side, on the Iberian Peninsula, the Visigoth – a powerful and tyrannical regime secure in all but internal strife, so characteristic of their culture. Under the other Pillar, the emergent force of Islam, already in control of most of North Africa and some strategic Mediterranean sites.
A shepherd walks into this scene and his subsequent actions will define the history of the region for almost the next millennium.
This is a story of success tempered by faith, of treachery and the betrayal of trust. It is the story of unlikely allies and personal loyalties. It is the story of how the world is shaped by events seemingly outside the control of those who choose impose their will on others. It is the stuff of legend and the questionable logic of history.
Also by John Hallam Lott:
1077, Dover Castle – William 1st, King of England and Duke of Normandy is captivated by the presence of a stranger in the Great Hall. This young man does not know himself why he has been summoned or by whom. Nor could he guess how his incredible talents will be employed in the ensuing weave of murder, deceit and betrayal.
This collection of 26 poems from the emotional to the metaphysical and to those inspired by images and observation. It is designed to make you laugh, cry and think – but not all at the same time!