Articles & essays
In revisiting a selection of published works for this website, I've taken the opportunity to revise and expand some of them. More will be added in the coming weeks and months.
The extra space means that many new images are also included, and I've tried to credit and properly link these, where appropriate.
In the wake of extremist assaults on historic monuments and culture in Iraq, the origins of iconoclasm in the deeper history of the region, and beyond are examined.
A year’s worth of extraordinary discoveries in the field of ancient metallurgy, and how they reflect on OOPARTS, out-of-place-artefacts.
academic theory to explain gaps in knowledge of the
late Dark Ages. Is it possible that an era was fabricated by royal edict?
The workings of world's most famous out-of-place-artefact have finally been solved. Who had the means and motive to make such a marvel?
Interview with the comics writer and mage of Northampton on the eve of publication of Lost Girls after fifteen years in the making.
conventional science and denied. Is the disturbing truth being hushed-up?
The history of one of the world's most notorious secret societies is entwined with some of the most colourful characters and events of the era. The intersection of private lives and historic events in the Age of Enlightenment and all-out libertinism.
Rediscovering traces of the Knights Templar and Hospitallers at a prison in the Dordogne, and at an English church and preceptory.
The furore surrounding the discovery of a new ‘life portrait’ of the world’s most celebrated writer is assessed along with other recent claims of Bard likenesses. Did a dramatic conceit cause Shakespeare to erase his visage?
If William Shakespeare really wrote the works ascribed to him, why does each year bring new claimants and fresh doubts over his authorship? Recent developments in the controversy over the true identity of literature’s most famous person about whom so little is known.
One of the BBC's most nightmarish and controversial dramas of recent years was swept under the carpet, yet is still discussed with awe and reverence, even fear. What are the reasons for its special power?