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True History of the Camino de Santiago: The Stranger-than-Fiction Tale of the Typo that Invented Spain and the Biblical Loser Who Became a Legend

by Cameron Powell

There are good reasons you might want to walk the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James — but St. James himself is surely not one of them. Cameron Powell tells you the history of the Camino de Santiago that has never, till now, been told. You’ll never think of James, the Camino, or the making of the stories you believe in the same way.

As this satirical alternative history novella gets underway, a nameless narrator is walking the Camino de Santiago with his mother. He’s divorcing from his wife, his mom’s cancer is back, and he’s hungry for meaning. But he knows “next to nothing” about his mother’s plan to make him walk 500 miles.

He knows the Camino began around the reign of King Alfonso II – “whom responsible historians surely call The Fonz” – in the 9th century, and that, in the New Testament, Jesus referred to James and his brother John as “Sons of Thunder”.  

Whoa. Jesus gave out nicknames? But why â??Sons of Thunder’? Were they like Riverdancers? Expert drummers? No, the “most probable” reason, per a Bible commentary well-known among people who know their Bible commentaries, was that there was “something fervid, and glowing, and powerful in their genius and eloquence.”

But then, late one night on the trail, Cameron and a mad Spaniard named Julio discover an ancient codex inscribed: “The Codex of Alfonso II, King of Asturias”.

Julio looked at me, eyes wide. “Will the world finally learn what happened?”

“We are going to win a Nobel Prize,” I breathed.

As they stay up all night to read the 9th-century Codex, it spills answers to all the burning questions of the thinking Camino pilgrim, including:

* Is there any chance at all that a Middle Eastern Jew’s bones are in a crypt in Santiago de Compostela, Spain?
* Why, in the cathedrals along the Camino, are there so many portraits of St. James riding his horse over people?
* Did the legend of James in Spain — and the nation of Spain, sort of — really begin with a scribal error in an old manuscript — the modern equivalent of a typo?

We’re spirited to early 800s northwestern Spain, where King Alfonso II is in a pickle. Muslim armies have taken over most of Iberia, and now the Moors are lapping at his southern borders.

The King is in dire need of revenue, and soldiers. A new priest offers a solution: pilgrims. All they need is a relic. Like splinters from the One True Cross, or, believe it or not, some Holy Foreskin. A body part from a saint. The King is all ears. There’s just one problemâ?¦

“All the good saints are taken.”

“What do you mean, â??taken’?”

“Well, there is this James fellow.”

“What’s wrong with him?” the King asks, and so, of course, should you.

The Bible tells us little about James. But it’s enough.

In a brilliant, laugh-out-loud critique, the King’s canny court rabbi transports the reader to James’ curious appearances in the Gospels, where it becomes clear that James’ “genius and eloquence” were not at all what Jesus had in mind, and that even for the desperate king, James was probably, er, not among the top choices.

From the author of the acclaimed memoir and Camino travelogue “Ordinary Magic” comes this irreverent, witty, but ultimately serious-minded fictionalization of the Camino’s true history. With crackling dialogue, historically accurate (and footnoted!) renderings of an alternative universe, and color illustrations such as Michelangelo’s Bartholomew in The Last Judgment, it’s that rare history of the Camino that’s funny, thought-provoking, and unforgettable.


Q: Who is this is juicy, erudite entertainment meant for?

A:  History nerds, religious seekers, rational skeptics, thinking people, and anyone who likes Monty Python or thinks they might want to take a long walk on the Camino de Santiago.

Q: Can we learn from any other historical source why Jesus really called James a “Son of Thunder”?

A: No, you cannot.

The McTavish Regressions: Arabesque

by McTavish

Past life regressionist Dr. Wallace McTavish leads a simple life but appearances can be deceiving. In addition to being a brilliant, successful psychologist, McTavish is also a self-healed man, and his funky Brooklyn, NY home doubles as an office, where he investigates past-life crimes and passions. Twenty-four year-old Laura Tsvetkovsky has long experienced such passion. Her refusal to live in the present with the outside world, her sycophantic mother, and struggling family leaves Laura to her pathological dreams of becoming a dancer. Dreams that will never come true. Were it not for her pills and mysterious friends, Laura’s life without the use of her legs might be hell, but Dr. McTavish reveals there’s another way to heal past and present with hypnotic regression.
Creating suspense regarding the origin of Laura’s pain, we journey to 1592 Catalan. Laura’s past life joy with Marko is contagious, until the Spanish Inquisition sets terror loose in her Romani community and propels this soul from past to present in a heroic tale toward its hopeful, compelling conclusion.

Fortune Made His Sword: A Novel of Henry V

by Martha Rofheart

Henry V was a man whose charm and military genius – and concern for his subjects – made him one of the most popular kings in English history.

Set in the lusty and tumultuous fifteenth century, this superb novel traces the brilliant career of the all-conquering victor of Agincourt.

Among the last of the great medieval rulers and the first of the ardent nation builders, Henry V is seen from several perspectives: his queen; his beautiful Welsh mistress, Morgan; his court jester, the fool; a comrade-in-arms; and his own point of view as both boy and man.

They illuminate the many sides of Henry V’s personality – the devil-may-care prince portrayed by Shakespeare, the bold hero of Agincourt, the husband of Katharine of Valois, and the warrior-peacemaker who welded England, Wales, and France into a single kingdom.

Martha Rofheart goes behind the textbook facade of history and tells the story of the real Henry, a man of fierce pride and strong passions, to discover how â??Fortune Made His Sword’.

She describes how Henry won and lost the beautiful Morgan ab Owen and how he later found brief happiness in the arms of his young French Queen.

â??Fortune Made His Sword’ is a thrilling historical tale of adventure, endeavor and intrigue. It was simultaneously published in England as â??Cry “God for Harry”‘.

Praise for Martha Rofheart:

â??A tale of drinking, wenching, hunting and fighting’ Evening News

â??Cause for celebration!’ Los Angeles Times

Martha Rofheart grew up in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, surrounded by a large Upper Middle Class extended family, which was spread out along Portland Avenue and nearby streets. Growing up she had several poems published in Louisville newspapers and magazines, and at age 10, she won a national one-act play contest. After moving to New York City, Martha became a model and actress. Martha made her Broadway debut in 1942, and was a well-known protégé. Soon after her son was born in 1957, she chose to be a full-time mother and, eventually, a writer. After Fortune Made His Sword, Martha Rofheart wrote five novels and many of her novels were translated into German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Serbian.

How Can A Man Die Better

by Roy V Gaston

How Can a Man Die Better is a thrilling combination of battle tales, black comedy, and military history flawlessly arranged to convey the stories of Ohio’s place in the American Civil War through the eyes of college professor Cage Carew.

Despite taking every effort to entirely avoid the fighting, Cage finds himself reluctantly submerged in the violence of wartime and undergoes a forced metamorphosis from meek, bookish scholar to vengeance-seeking warrior. His pursuit of revenge for a terrible murder leads Cage to join the army, where he is put in the path of epic battles and real historical characters fleshed out in this rousing fictional tale, including the Union’s Colonel Dan McCook (of the “Fighting McCooks”), General John Wilder, Private Sam Watkins, and General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Roy V. Gaston’s portrayal of the Civil War era reveals the historically true, lesser-known pivotal moments that shaped the outcome of the Civil War. Military history buffs will revel in the author’s meticulously researched depiction of the battles and campaign life. This black comic novel recreates the American Civil War in a vibrant historical adventure that ends in climactic gunfight for the Lost Confederate Gold in the Okefenokee Swamp.

The Guide (A Legacy Series Novella) (The Legacy Series Book 2)

by Sheritta Bitikofer

*Egypt and Middle Europe, 1570*
Tor had known nothing else of life outside of his lonely temple in Asyut. The last priest of the half-man, half-wolf Egyptian god Wepwawet, his days are filled with pious rituals that celebrate the union between his spirit and the gift of transformation his god had bestowed upon him and his family from birth. The sole survivor of his priesthood, he believes he is the only one who can maintain balance between Ma’at (order) and chaos that would inevitably consume the world.
All of that changes when Giovanni, an Italian explorer under the payroll of the vampire lord, Michael Gennari, finds Tor in his temple and asks for his help to find the lost civilization where vampires and werewolves once lived in harmony thousands of years ago. Knowing something of the mythical Arnathia, Tor agrees to help.
Jane Gennari, Michael’s young and mischievous daughter, has another plan for Tor. Inadvertently, she makes a long and arduous journey to the Caspian Sea even more dangerous. Drawn to his raw, savage, and sometimes uncivilized character, she lusts after him with a fervor that seems revolting to other vampires. The vampires and werewolves have been at war for centuries, but Michael’s small coven do not adhere to such prejudices.
With hunters, traitors, and the unforgiving elements working against them, vampire and werewolf must unite for a common goal: to seek the truth of what happened to upset the balance between their races.

~From the author of the Loup-Garou Series, The Legacies Series takes you through history, revealing the events that lead up to the finale of the Loup-Garou Series. Backstories to pivotal characters like John, Michael, Darren, and Katey’s parents, are told in intimate detail with each installment of the series.~

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