Edward James

About me

Edward is a Review Editor for Historical Novels Review. He lives in Cheltenham where he retired after a varied career, including being an official of the EU Commission in Brussels and advising several governments on the reform of their social welfare systems. He has published 3 non-fiction books and so far one historical novel, ‘Freedom’s Pilgrim’ published on Amazon Kindle(see my blog)

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When I was at school we learned about the Roman invasion of Britain in AD43 and Boadicea’s revolt in AD60 and then we drew pictures of villas and hypocausts until we came to the Roman withdrawal in 410.  Seemingly nothing happened between the conquest and the withdrawal except house-building and…

Columbus Rests Here

Perhaps, or perhaps not.   The picture above is not a Soviet bock of flats but the Faro (lighthouse) at Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.  It is a gigantic cross, lying flat and projecting an even greater cross into the night sky above the city.  It uses so much…


When Francis Drake sacked Santo Domingo and held it to ransom  in 1586 he stowed his cot (not his hammock) in a side chapel in the cathedral.  Below is a view of the front of the cathedral, the oldest in the Americas, taken on my recent visit to the Dominican…

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