The Albion Chronicles - story facts
Kariss is named after an old woman I knew as a young child. She was the bravest person I have ever met. Living alone and suffering numerous heart attacks and increasing blindness. she faced her situation with fortitude and determination. Hearing her tell of a lonely night spent on the floor amidst a massive heart attack with no way of getting help has stayed with me all my life.
All other B12 deficiency sufferers will understand this name. Cobalamin is B12 and vital for our health. Those of us who have to self inject know it is the difference between life and death.
Is based on my son Ciaran, who missed so much of his childhood looking after me when I was too ill to look after myself. I will never be able to give him back those years but I can make him a hero.
History in the book is correct until the year AD69 when Venutius managed to defeat Cartimandua of the Brigante Tribe when the Romans were unable to send her reinforcements. Then I veer away from fact and into fiction and move the story forward to a fictional year AD214.
Whilst I have tried to keep facts correct to the time period, I have played around with some points.
All the tribes mentioned existed at the time. The Vacomagi were thought to inhabit Strathspey thought there is no proof they were the inhabitants of Dun da Lamh fort
The names used come from either the Pictish King List or else they are made up, with the exception of Kariss, Naraic and Cobolam. (See side panel)
All the gods in the story are real and were worshipped by the Iron Age people or the Romans. Many are still worshipped today.
Places, Hills & Trees
The vast majority of places are taken from historical record, the ruins of many can still be visited today.
The mountains keep their names as silent reminders of the importance of the gods. Even The Caillean, now known as Shiehallion (Fairy Hill of the Caledonians) has kept its tales of hidden passageways and connections to the other world.
All but one of the stone circles and burial mounds so far (the one next to the Gask Ridge Tower) are real, as is the yew tree tree Fionntan (though it does not bear the name). The Fortingall Yew is reputed to be 5,000 years old and can be found in Fortingall churchyard.
Tigh na Cailleach or Tigh nam Bodach , in Glen Lyon is said to be the oldest continuous pagan shrine in Britain.
© Nelly Harper 2016