When metal detectorist Gary Marshall gives his old university colleague and philologist, Rick Hughes, a reliquary pendant, he unearthed, he has no idea of what he’s unleashed.
Rick is drawn to the site in Lindsey, where a portal opens taking him back in time to when the artifact was produced. Disquietingly, Rick is confronted by his doppelgänger and those of his close friends.
What he finds in the eighth century makes him determined to intervene and save the inhabitants of the village from devastation by the Vikings. How can a man from the twenty-first century interact with Saxons from thirteen centuries before?
On his return to his own time, Rick attempts to find a scientific explanation for his experiences in exchanges with leading British and American physicists. Will he solve the mystery of time travel? Will he save the Saxon village?
John Broughton was born in the town of Cleethorpes on the North Sea coast of Lincolnshire, UK, not far from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail in the Mayflower. In this town he studied at Clee Grammar School, whose founder died in 1709 in Queen Anne’s reign. In 1967 he had the best result in the Cambridge University Advanced Level examinations in History at county level and subsequently received a prize. He went on to take an honors degree in Medieval and Modern History at the University of Nottingham where he also studied Archaeology, with the ‘distinction’ of uncovering the first Roman villa window lintel found in the UK on a dig at Ancaster. Wow!
He has translated several books from Italian into English and also one from French. Work as the translator of various web sites kept him far too busy in the ’90s.
John retired in January 2014 and found that at last he had the time to take up writing once more – an activity he had to set aside since his children’s books in the ’80s. Obviously he chose the period that fascinates him most – the Anglo-Saxon period, hence the name of the website. The result being his first historical novel with the title ‘The Purple Thread’, followed by Wyrd of the Wolf, Saints and Sinners and Mixed Blessings all published by Endeavour Media. another, Sward and Sword is scheduled for autumn 2019. With new publishers Creativia, he has four novels: Perfecta Saxonia, Ulf’s Tale, Angenga and In the Name of the Mother.