After a career in science and management, the author moved to Milton Abbas in 2002. He has become fascinated by the history of this remarkable place. The deep continuities have led him to expand his knowledge of history, ancient and modern. He has a particular interest in the Anglo-Saxon period - how our nation threw off the yoke of the Romans, came together, spoke one language and incorporated other cultures.
The history of the Anglo-Saxon settlement has to be pieced together from fragments of information from archaeology, genetics, and literature. There are lessons to be learned today as we struggle with diverse cultures and immigration from Europe leading to a concept of insularity in all its meanings.
From his academic background, the author reads widely on all aspects of history, genetics, and archaeology to synthesize the story of the peoples of England in this nation-forming period.
In 2018 a summer exhibition was held at Milton Abbey entitled ‘Athelstan's Dream’, for which this book of the same name provided the text, and is published by the Milton Abbey Heritage Trust, which will receive all proceeds from its sale.
In 2019 another exhibition will move the story of Milton Abbey on from Athelstan's foundation to cover the life and importance of the Benedictine monastery in the social history of Milton Abbas and England as a whole. Watch out for the next book in the series '500 Years of Benedictines'.
The author is secretary of the Milton Abbas Local History Group and runs their website where much more information can be found.