At the age of seven I asked my mother about King Richard the Lion Heart. Her response was to give me an historical text book she was reading on the subject and tell him to find out for myself! From then on I have been addicted to English history. After leaving school, where the history topics I studied were dictated by my need to pass exams, I concentrated my efforts on the 17th century, with especial interest in the Civil War and Cromwell's Protectorate. However, in the mid '90's I changed direction and began studying Anglo-Saxon history. Since then the Hundred Years War, in particular the events in the reigns of Edward III and Richard II have caught my interest. As a result of this I am now involved with the SCA Canton of Cluain, Barony of Ildhafn, Kingdom of Lochac. I have more than one persona, but my usual one is that of a yeoman archer in the retinue of Sir Allan de Buxhall, KG, Constable of the Tower of London. I run my own Household within the Barony - The Wulfings.
Until Government cut backs I regularly acted as a guest lecturer for the Waikato University covering English history topics from the coming of the English to the Restoration.
Whilst I spent most of my early career in telecommunications, I later joined the University of Waikato running an experimental ‘virtual’ unit providing education in technology management and innovation. After leaving the University I worked on various technology related contracts but am now retired.
I am active Christian and attend the Te Awamutu Bible Chapel. For many years I have been involved in youth work for the church.
Born in England, my wife and I moved to New Zealand in 1969. We have three sons and five grandchildren. We live on a large section with lots of trees and flowers and spend a lot of our time working in the garden. Naturally, as an archer, I have an archery butt at the bottom of the grounds.
on July 03, 2016 :
Funny, endearing, and very entertaining, 'Big Bold Beowulf' is a wonderfully unconventional, witty and irreverent retelling of the legend of Beowulf. The characters of intelligent schoolboy Jamie and the superbly bolshy and imperious Grimm are immensely enjoyable, and the story is full of snippets of information about English history. Grimm himself is ever surprising; sassy, obstreperous, stubborn and enigmatic; and he insists that he's the only one who knows the true story of what really happened to Beowulf and his companions. Boxell's sense of humour is delightful, and while his punctuation and grammar are not all that could be desired, his storytelling ability is enchanting. One could wish that the story didn't have to end (fortunately there is a sequel!). As an introduction to pre-Conquest English history, this is an appetising starter; as a fun and easy read for anyone over the age of ten, it's superb.
(review of free book)