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 Sep. 22, 2016 :
This is the third book about Jamie and Grimm, in which a mysterious old man regales the English schoolboy Jamie with an account of British history that is, according to Grimm, absolutely true … well, as near as he can recall, and he was there, you know, so his account of things should really be taken as definitive. In this book I found myself occasionally losing the thread of the story of Arthur, as Grimm’s colloquially-told tale jumps around from person to person and place to place, and few of the characters mentioned are given any description.
Grimm himself, the deliciously obstreperous and enigmatic old man who is the life and soul of Boxell’s Grimm Tales, is in fine form once again. He is by turns hilarious, bolshy, imperious, and revolting; and, as always, we are never quite sure how much of what he says is true and how much is exaggeration for effect – for the sake of a good story, as Grimm himself would argue – and how much is, perhaps, Grimm just being a bit of a drama queen. The relationship between him and English schoolboy Jamie is touching, though it seems to have changed in tone somewhat now that Jamie is growing older. Grimm seems a tad more melancholy, perhaps; but it does not stop him from stealing other people’s food and drink without shame and consuming it with voracity.
Another funny, engaging, and educational read from this author.
(review of free book)