John Hallam Lott has a degree in History and studies philosophy. He has written a number of short stories for radio and is a prize-winning poet.
He lives with his wife in a particularly beautiful region of Northern France and does much of his thinking and planning while walking the surrounding countryside and, from time to time, some of the sunnier parts of Europe.
John is also an actor with the Zolascope filmmaking group.
By the beginning of the eighth century, Islamic armies had secured most of North Africa and many strategic Mediterranean Islands for the Umayyad dynasty in Damascus. What happened next was to defy the normal laws of warfare and resonate throughout the Christian world for hundreds of years to come. As he maintained as a boy, ‘If you want to win, you think like the enemy’. However, there was one battle for which he had no strategy!
1077, Dover Castle – William 1st, King of England and Duke of Normandy is captivated by the presence of a stranger in the Great Hall. This young man does not know himself why he has been summoned or by whom. Nor could he guess how his incredible talents will be employed in the ensuing weave of murder, deceit and betrayal.
This collection of 26 poems from the emotional to the metaphysical and to those inspired by images and observation. It is designed to make you laugh, cry and think – but not all at the same time!