Tuesday, 15 April 2014

"N" is for Novel, Neptune and more

Historical novels are my favourite, reading another writer's interpretation of those who have lived before; the way someone in an earlier time may have explored our world of light and dark with it's shades in between. 

I love imagining the different tastes, smells, happenings people could have experienced, and with the same feelings as we have.

I've read a lot about Northumbria, an Anglo Saxon Kingdom in the 7th century. It included all of England north of the River Humber, south west and east Scotland to the Firth of Forth, and was ruled by Kings Edwin, Oswald and Oswy. 

It was a great centre of learning. The Monks would travel between there, Lindisfarne and Iona.

We have Neptune, the Roman God of the sea similar to the Greek Poseidon. He is usually represented as an elderly man, stately, bearded, carrying a trident and sometimes seen astride a dolphin or horse.

St Nicholas has become one of the most popular saints, being the original Santa Claus with links to the Nativity.

The Nightingale is a small bird with a beautiful song. 

There's nightmares, Nymphs, the biblical tale of Noah's Ark, Napoleon Bonaparte, Neanderthal Man and the Buddhists' Nirvana.

Finally, Neroli, the lovely essential oil of orange blossom which is used in Eau de Cologne and perfume. It's said to have been named after an Italian princess of the Neroli family, a lovely thought for another story.

And I'll be posting "O" here tomorrow to continue the A-Z Challenge. Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams Blog.