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I AM a creative eccentric – a writer, music creator and performer. I’m starting the blog to publicize my upcoming novel, The Swords of Faith, about the clash between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin that history commonly labels the “Third Crusade.” And I will offer a lot of material about the book. But I will be off an what I expect will be some surprising and entertaining digressions.


1. Lisa Yarde - October 2, 2010

Richard, I’m glad you mentioned the blog. I look forward to reading your comemnts.

2. Mohamed - November 7, 2010

Your article about the Battle of Ayn Jalut is excellent. As a muslim, im very impressed that some non-muslims like yourself recognise this battle as being a watershed event that changed the history of the middle east and the world. Respect to you and your likes from me and muslims worldwide.

rwf1954 - November 7, 2010

Your comment means a lot to me. Thank you very much. I think it is important to understand the history. And, I love to tell a good story! The story surrounding the Battle of Ayn Jalut is an underappreciated and fascinating part of history.

3. Mary Nixon - October 28, 2011

I think the “wardress” at Thornfield was Grace Poole, not Sarah Poole; I agree she didn’t feature much in the film. I still think the Orson Welles effort is the best Mr. Rochester.

4. Raptor - April 11, 2012

Great Issa Music!. It reminds me a bit of Kristian Schulze (Passport, Cusco).

About the Mayans, agree!, see you December 22, 2012.

It is amazing to think that many centuries ago civilizations were walking our planet before us. It looks to me that there were bigger civilizations than we thought. If that’s the case then they must were more advanced than we actually know about them. More discoveries will let us know them better.

I want to share with you this music about the mystical place Chichen-Itza. The message of that music is about a CHANGE all humans must do in order to live in peace and harmony. Maybe that’s the message ancient civilizations wanted us to know.

Arriving at Chichen-Itza 2012

In Lak’Ech. Peace from Mexico.

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