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Maurice Bower, who is as noble as he is erudite, keen-eyed for the numerous typos, has offered this awesome forward. Dear friend, thank you doesn't even come close!

Forward: by Maurice Paul Bower

One wise archaeologist giving a lecture at Oxford not so long ago made us all giggle, then reflect quite hard with his pronouncement: “The only thing an archaeologist can be sure of is that he is wrong!” He was, of course, trying to remind us that new discoveries in the field are happening all the time and frequently overturn previously cherished, long-held beliefs and understandings. So we must be ever ready to adapt to change. Interpretation can be a minefield. What seems blatantly obvious to one person can just as clearly appear to be the polar opposite to another.

Yet some folk do seem to possess a special insight that transcends the obvious evidence to build and flesh out a comprehensive narrative on the framework of the relatively few available clear facts. You hold in your hands the work of one of such extraordinary insight.

The Isle of Wight is commonly seen as the ‘last Pagan place in England’, although it was briefly Christianised through Roman times before the population returned to its Scando/Teutonic beliefs and finally adopted its last Pagan king.

This sacred land has long suffered the denial of any Jutish heritage, although there is archaeological evidence these peoples long ago were here, as well as in Kent. The author is a direct descendant. A Wahl of the Warinni tribe. And this gives her an extraordinary lineage on which to draw, a bloodline, as well as insights us mere mortals outside of the tribe cannot really hope to fully comprehend.

Jan - who I have known for many years as a dear friend - presents this tale to you as fiction, but it is far more than that. She has spent years researching this project, through which we have had very many discussions on the historical and the sacred, and I can vouch for the immense amount of work she has ploughed into searching out as much historical fact as remains. Just as valuable, however, is the extraordinary insight she has brought to this work, to shine a light into the darker and more mysterious corners of the narrative. Giving it life again.

This is a great read, with well-drawn characters, as it is. A class novel. But if you have an interest in the deep history of our islands - and especially the Isle of Wight - you will find so much more here to absorb you and pique your appetite.

This volume in its unique style transports you back to a time of gods and goddesses, charms and spells, populated by myriad spirits who had to be respected and placated for the good of the tribe, embroidered with passages of a language not heard in these lands for many, many years.

Herein there be magick!

Maurice Paul Bower

Wight Druids /|\

Newport, Isle of Wight