• Linnea Tanner
    Weaving Historical Fiction into Ancient
    Celtic Tales of Love, Magic
    and Adventure

Blog

Caesar’s Invasion Celtic Britain: 1st Invasion

Posted · 4 Comments

Celtic Tradition of Raven:  I have fled in the shape of a raven of prophetic speech (Taliesin). The raven offers initiation—the destruction of one thing to give birth to another. For deeper understanding, the heroine must journey through darkness to emerge into morning’s new light.   INTRODUCTION The epic historical fantasy, APOLLO’S RAVEN, is the first unpublished […]

Celtic Heroines: Backdrop for Boudica’s Revolt

Posted · 14 Comments

Tweet “You have learned by actual experience how different freedom is from slavery…how much better is poverty with no master than wealth with slavery.”–Boudica’s Speech to Followers, as recorded by Cassius Dio Introduction Although the highest political authority for the Celtic Society was often vested in males, women occasionally became ruling queens and military leaders. […]

Roman Hostage-Taking; After Caesar’s Invasion of Celtic Britain; Part 7—Apollo’s Raven

Posted · 10 Comments

Tweet (ll. 131-132) ”The lyre and the curved bow shall ever be dear to me (Apollo), and I will declare to men the unerring counsel of Zeus.’ Homeric Hymn to Apollo, god of music, shooting, and divination (foresight and knowledge of the future) INTRODUCTION The unpublished epic historical fantasy [1st novel: APOLLO’S RAVEN; 2nd novel: RAVEN’S FIRE] […]

Roman Hostage Taking: Caesar’s Invasion of Britain

Posted · 2 Comments

Tweet The mythological hero, setting forth from his common-day hut or castle, is lured, carried away, or else voluntarily proceeds, to the threshold of adventure. There the hero encounters a shadow presence that guards the passage—Joseph Campbell  INTRODUCTION The unpublished epic historical fantasy [1st novel: APOLLO’S RAVEN; 2nd novel: RAVEN’S FIRE] is envisioned to be […]

Roman Hostage Taking — Caesar’s Invasion Britain Part 5

Posted · 2 Comments

  The ultimate adventure, when all barriers and ogres, have been overcome, is represented as a mystical marriage of the triumphant hero-soul with the Queen Goddess of the World. This is the crisis at the nadir, at the zenith, or at the uttermost edge of the earth, at the central point of the cosmos, in […]

Caesar’s 2nd Invasion Britain 54 BC: Part 4

Posted · 5 Comments

  ‘Cities and Thrones and Powers, Stand in Time’s eye, Almost as long as flowers, Which daily die. But, as new buds put forth To glad new men, Out of the spent and considered Earth The Cities rise again’       –Rudyard Kipling Introduction This is part 4 of historical and archaeological evidence supporting […]

Caesar’s 2nd Invasion Britain 54 BC; Part 3

Posted · 3 Comments

    THE STANDARD PATH of the mythological adventure of the hero is represented in the rites of passage: separation—initiation—return.  A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder where fabulous forces are encountered and a decisive victory is won, then the hero comes back from this mysterious […]

Caesar’s Invasion Celtic Britain 1st Expedition: Part 2

Posted · 1 Comment

The Call to Adventure: The first stage of the mythological journey—designated as the ‘call to adventure’—signifies destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his spiritual center of gravity from within the pale of his society to a zone unknown—Joseph Campbell Introduction Based on historical and archaeological evidence, there is evidence that Julius Caesar’s invasion in […]

Caesar’s Invasion Celtic Britain; Part 1— Apollo’s Raven

Posted · 6 Comments

Celtic Tradition of Raven: I have fled in the shape of a raven of prophetic speech (Taliesin). The raven offers initiation—the destruction of one thing to give birth to another. For deeper understanding, the heroine must journey through darkness  to emerge into morning’s new light.    INTRODUCTION The unpublished historical fantasy, APOLLO’S RAVEN, is envisioned […]