Peter Jack Wiltshire – Loose Histories
Sweeping aside the bias and blatant invention in much of our inherited history, this novel is a re-imagining of the arrival of the ‘Great Army’ of Viking Danes in 9th Century Britain. The new perspective is achieved by looking through the eyes of a Danish sea-soldier and an educated Angle noblewoman. Both are propelled into the forefront of events by their natural gifts and by the the upheavals of their times.
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In 1969, the builders of the M4 motorway unwittingly disturb the remains – and aspirations – of the chief engineer of Stonehenge who was buried close to the roadworks. Might the M4 remains be as mystifying in 4000 years as Stonehenge?
History can neither be written nor read without bias – so say most of our contemporary historians.
But the ‘new historicists’ claim we can test our understanding of past ideologies by experimenting with ‘what if’ creative writing.
So that is what I do.
And why am I qualified?
Because fifty years ago I was one of the army of engineers carving 1000 miles of motorway through the historic landscape of Britain, and I know just how insubstantial was the ideology supporting it -as is now evident.