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Posts by mkhume

Interesting Facets of the Military Might of Rome

We hear much of the Roman foot soldier who gave the firm base to the fame of the legions, but other branches of the Roman military machine were equally important and devastating in battle. The Cataphractii and the Light Cavalry The histories and legends surrounding King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table owe…

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Rome’s Legions and the Grass Crown

The Grass Crown is the highest accolade that a Roman officer could receive from the legions. It’s hard for us to imagine how this particular honour came into being, because the award originated in the lower ranks, unlike our system of handing out awards that tend to glorify the peers of serving or retiring officers.…

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M.K. Hume writer revisits Camelot

M.K. HUME: BRISBANE WRITER RE-VISITS CAMELOT EXCERPTS FROM AN ARTICLE BY LEISA SCOTT THE COURIER-MAIL JUNE 08, 2013 4:05PM It’s the stuff of fantasy, this tale that tumbles from the lips of Marilyn Hume, even if the scene is as ordinary as they come. I’d hoped for a knight in chainmail to be standing at…

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An Ancient Road To A New Future

When I was a little girl before I first went to school, I fell in love with everything to do with adventure and the glories of the past. My mother and the local library had a great deal of trouble keeping up with my insatiable desire for books and magazines with an historical bent. I…

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It’s Real!!!!

My friends keep waiting for me to become excited at my great good fortune since I’ve been in the writing game for I’ve received contracts with Headline Review in the UK and the translation of my works into foreign languages. Then, to cap it all off, I have recently entered into a massive series of…

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The Holy Grail of Publishing

I have just achieved the Holy Grail of literature. Some years ago, when the first books of my Arthuriad were published by Headline Review, I was over the moon. My books were about to be released by one of the largest publishers in Britain and they would be marketed worldwide through Headline’s distribution network. I…

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The Seeds of Disaster

A hundred years or so ago (or so it seems) when I was teaching, students used to accuse teachers of making up the writers’ intentions. Shakespeare, in particular, probably never intended half of what has been ascribed to him by critics. However, I’ve discovered that writers do insert treasured literary ideas or symbols into their…

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Me and Steve Vizard

When I was a younger woman, Steve Vizard ruled the television stations of Australia. Plugging into the distinctly Australian sense of humour, he came to epitomise a funny, penetrating and intelligent ‘TAKE’ on Australian life and their mannerisms. I admired his wit and brilliance enormously and never imagined that I would speak with him one…

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Well, It’s Too Late Now

In the months before the release of Prophecy: Death of an Empire, I found myself terrified. After four books, you wouldn’t expect to be particularly frightened about the process, but this novel is different from the first four, and is different to novel number six that is the next one to be released by Headline…

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The Problem of Merlin

 As seen by Doctor Marilyn Hume Researching the history of Myrddion Emrys Merlinus, or Merlin, almost drove me crazy. It was quite difficult to create a heroic and intensively masculine character from the Dark Ages who can never be a warrior, can never win renown in battle or can stand as a ‘manly’ man in…

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