SCOTLAND - EDINBURGH
MURDERS, SEX, BUT NO ROCK AND ROLL. CONSPIRACY THEORIES? A MURDER MYSTERY? WOMEN
ARE BEING MURDERED IN 16TH CENTURY EDINBURGH. WAS DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES MURDERED ALONG WITH DODI FAYED IN 20TH CENTURY
PARIS? WAS THE BIBLICAL KING DAVID A FRAUD? CAN WE EVER FIND THE GRAIL? EDINBURGH KNIGHTS CONSIDERS AND REVEALS
30 Oct 2007
Edinburgh Knights is a brilliant historical thriller with a racy and compelling background of
Mary Queen of Scots courtly intrigues. If you want to know who loved Mary too much, then this is the book for you. If you
want to know why Prncess Diana was killed, the read this book. If you want to get a taste and smell and feel for old Edinburgh, then get this book. I'm glad that I did.
Colin Brown runs the Rebus Tours in Edinburgh and is an avid reader. He put this review onto the Amazon website.
Radio Forth said on air it's better than the da Vinci Code.
Took photo of cover myself from balcony of my Edinburgh flat.
The spokesman for Mohammed Al Fayed said he wanted it to get major publicity!
ISBN - 1-4259-0455-6
EDINBURGH KNIGHTS - Historical fantasy fiction.
Set in 16th century and 20th century Edinburgh. Gripping murder mystery.
Purchase at authorhouse.co.uk or Amazon or order from local bookseller. Work your way out of the maze, find the killer and
remember Scotland's heroines.
ICTIS by ELYSIAN FIELDS
CORNWALL, 12TH CENTURY. ST. MICHAEL'S MOUNT
ISBN - 1-4259-1410-1
St. Michael's Mount in the 12th century and the antiSemitism during the crusades. Murder, mystery and fantasy. A novel to
lure the reader into the maze and to help the reader find their way out again with the clues provided. The philsophers stone
will drown the philosopher and theologian with the grail of horror.
John St. Aubyn (aka Lord St. Levan) used to own St. Michael's Mount, where he lived. However, now it's owned by the National
Trust. He kindly assisted me with my research for Ictis, and is standing with me in Marazion (I was still highly dosed
on steroids at the time).
Review from one of the greatest Cornish writers and bard, Alan Kent.
One of the reviews of Ictis 'the rewards (of the book) are great'.
Elaine Pomm [Elysian Fields], “Ictis”, Author House, 2006, £10.
Some readers may remember Elaine Pomm’s pyschological-themed first novel, The Playground, which was published in 1995.
Over a decade later, she returns to public prominence with this ambitious historical and contemporary fantasy, set in twelfth-century
Cornwall and the present day. Flitting around the genre established by writers such as Ellis Peters and Umberto Eco, this
in effect, is a medieval-themed mystery story, but it also has touches of contemporary writing - in particular the work of
Dan Brown and Sam Bourne. Like the novels of these pair of authors, the reader is given a set of conundrums, clues and codes,
and the reader is kept in suspense throughout. Indeed, if that genre is exploding at present, then this is its Cornish-themed
The novel’s premise is that there have been a series of murders of boys in cathedral schools across Britain. Interestingly,
Pomm[e] sets herself - or at least a projected vision of herself - into the contemporary parts of the book. This in itself
is quite a novel device, and it used to make connections with the mythic Cornish landscape surrounding the mount. She is presented
as a Ph.D. student and uses her research to discover information about the strange events occurring. A merger of time allows
Pomm[e] to explore the history of the Benedictine Priory: ‘Elaine had barely closed her eyes when she heard the noise
of a bell ringing’. Pomm’s own Jewish background is used to instigate an exploration of common-day medieval anti-Semitism.
This is a useful tool. There are many similarities between the historical experience of the Cornish and Jewish peoples. The
link to Marazion is less convincing for me - that place-name probably being a corruption of Cornish.
I suspect the subject of Ictis is fascinating for many Cornish readers, it being the ancient name for the island on top of
which now sits St Michael’s Mount. With commanding views of the surrounding Bay, and of course, a useful port for all
vessels coming up the British Channel, Ictis was a commercial and spiritual hub of early medieval Cornwall, and Pomm (who
here chooses the pseudonym Elysian Fields) uses this adeptly. As well as it geographical scope, there is also a fascination
with the dark recesses of the human mind (Pomm is a graduate in Philosophy from the University of Exeter). Her interests include
politics, metaphysics, ethics and Christian theology and it is not surprising to find these as core themes within the fiction.
What is always most intriguing about Pomm’s work is the playful nature of the prose. She is able to step convincingly
from medieval philosophy, grail lore and Noam Chomsky to Beadle’s About and contemporary Popular culture. The philosophy
however, is not always easy going for those faint of heart or those expecting an easy Da Vinci Code style thriller. There
is much of interest though. For example, a consideration of the Ebonites: Jewish Christians who were vegetarians and believed
that Jesus was the human son of Mary and Joseph.
I also very much liked the ambition of this work. If we are to have novels set in Cornwall, then why shouldn’t they
deal with epic material? All too often the historical-themed Anglo-Cornish prose work is happy enough to throw in a few felt-hatted
miners, some references to smugglers and wreckers, and that is enough. This scope, whilst not for everyone, has to be commended.
Other linkages are carefully woven into the narrative. Dolphins swimming in Mount’s Bay are intertwined with Milton’s
visionary poem ‘Lycidus’, where he speaks of ‘the guarded mount’ and the dolphins which ‘waft
the helpless youth’. French Jewery, the Crusades, Zionism, The Canterbury Tales, Avalon and Frocin the Dwarf from Tristan
and Iseult, all find their way into the novel’s climax.
This is not the kind of novel one can sit down and read with a cup of coffee. It is not easy bed-time reading and so requires
work and reflection. The reward however is great, and it seems to me, that in some future age, scholars might well have fun
dissecting and connecting all the material Pomm has woven together. As I read the book, I was thinking of Ciaran Carson’s
2001 work Shamrock Tea, a book with a similar ambition, albeit from an Irish perspective. Ictis is available from Author House,
500 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2BE. Tel. 08001 9754150 or may be found in all good bookshops in Cornwall.
Alan M. Kent