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C is for...Caledonii
by Ian Hall
Which is fine if you’re a kid or a cat person. I’m neither.
As I grew up in lowland Scotland, just a mile or so from a real life 2000 year old Roman Encampment, commonly called "the camp". So... C became synonymous with Camp. As scrawny kids, we played there a lot; our imaginations ran wild.
C for Clan seemed to be my Grandad’s quest. He must have looked in every clan tartan shop in the country, chasing us from being members of the Robertson/Skene family, to being a sect of the MacGregor clan.
As I began writing back in 1995, this ‘camp’ must have lingered in my mind, and suddenly the big picture dawned on me. C stood for Caledonia, the ancient name given to the area by the invading Roman troops twenty centuries before.
I looked up old Roman maps, from 74-79AD, and there lay the name of my tribe, my clan.
The latest ‘C’; Caledonii.
It became the name of my first novel,; a historical adventure based on archeological fact and tactical supposition.
Calach (meaning ‘the prickly one’ is another ‘C’) is the main tribal chief’s son, and despite family opposition and inter-clan politics, he must unite the Scottish tribes to stand together to face the Roman invasion.
So begins a sprawling set of novels/novellas, set from 79AD to 85AD, pitching Calach against the greatest Roman general of his time; Julius Agricola.
Calach must unite the clans/tribes, and manage a guerilla war on a huge scale, a war which pits brother against brother, with backstabbing and heinous betrayal round every corner.
The Romans only spent five years in my country, then retreated a hundred miles and built a wall a hundred miles long; Hadrian’s Wall, stretching from the North Sea to the Irish Sea.
Caledonii tells of a epic time that you’ll never find in a history book. The adage of “Only the Victor writes the History” is very apt, the infamous Tacitus being Agricola’s son-in-law.
“Caledonii: Birth of a Celtic Nation”, is available in eBooks everywhere. Currently there are four parts, Part 5 will be released in Autumn 2013. The series is planned to have 7 parts.
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