Paul Andruss is the guest post of Sue Vincent today and if you have wondered about the origins of his book Thomas the Rhymer,Paul explains all in this post. A fascinating story of a time when believing in other worldly creatures was perfectly normal. We have become cynical…but I still believe. #recommended
I was recently lucky enough to be interviewed by Sally Cronin.
At the end of the interview, my good friend Sue asked a thought provoking question: what drew me to the ideas behind Thomas the Rhymer?
To be honest Sue’s incisive question left me realising I have forgotten a lot about why I wrote the book in the first place. I was long overdue a trip down memory lane.
Sue certainly deserved a much better answer than I provided at the time. And what better place to post it!
The Legend of Thomas the Rhymer
Thomas the Rhymer is a 17th century Scottish ballad collected by folklorist Francis Child in 1883 as part of his exhaustive compendium of English and Scottish Ballads. The ballad comes from a first person account written in the 1400s. It is allegedly by Scotland’s greatest prophet; Thomas of Erceldoune, also known as True Thomas…
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