On this November 11, my latest book Jackson's Wars is the subject of my conversation with Greg Marchildon on the Champlain Society's popular podcast Witness to Yesterday, "The Artist Soldier," episode 198. You can also read an excerpt detailing Jackson's traumatic experiences at Sanctuary Wood on the Ypres salient in June 1916.
As the Canadian Press reported today (link here to the article in the Globe & Mail), a gold coin minted in London between 1422 and 1427 has been found in an undisclosed location on the south coast of Newfoundland. While experts caution that the coin wasn't necessarily in Newfoundland at that date, it inevitably will... Continue Reading →
I've switched microblogging platforms from the bird thing to mastodon, where you can follow me at @email@example.com. Hope to see some of you over there. My twitter account remains active (for now) for notifying followers of postings here.
On the night of September 21/22, 1942, the 87-foot motor yacht Wawinet sank on southeastern Georgian Bay. Twenty-five of forty-two people aboard that pleasure cruise drowned. As I related in the post "Wreckage," in the summer of 2021, I went looking for her.
The discovery of the wreck of the Gloucester, a royal ship en route to Scotland with James Stuart, the future James II of England, aboard, has been revealed. The wreck was found in 2007 but kept a secret until its identity was confirmed. Claire Jowitt has a new article in English Historical Review (free to... Continue Reading →
I'm pleased to say that Beardmore has made Gordon Campbell's shortlist of the best books about the Norse in Canada. He's a professor at the University of Leicester, and has a new book of his own just out, Norse America: The Story of a Founding Myth, with Oxford University Press, which I am about to... Continue Reading →