The Flight of the Sorceress

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Flight of the Sorceress, Q&A Part 6: What happened afterward?

Q.        Several of your readers have expressed the desire for a sequel. Do you have one in mind?
A.        Not presently. In my first draft, Glenys returns to Britannia many years after the events in Sorceress. She is still a fugitive. And she is instrumental in waging a rebellion against the Vortigern (the Roman’s appointed surrogate after they abandoned the island) and his Saxon mercenaries. I have no specific plans to write a sequel but I have left several characters available to fill the bill, should I decide to do so. In addition to Glenys, there are Aschi, Brighid, Adam, and Bishop Ignatus.

Q.        What about Pelagius the heretic and Cealestius, his sidekick? 

A.        Them also. After Pelagius was kicked out of Tiberius where he attempted to help in the compilation of the Vulgate Bible, he was summoned to Rome to answer charges of heresy. The pope at the time was a  convert from Judaism named Zosimus. Pelagius convinced him that good works alone, without baptism, can still get you into heaven. When Augustine heard that Pelagius was beating the rap, and threatening to undermine his doctrine of Original Sin,  he arranged to bribe Zosimus with a herd of fancy white stallions. Pelagius was convicted and banished from Rome. People saw him leave the city but he was never seen or heard from after that. Cealestius, according to some accounts, went to Ireland. At some point he apparently reconciled with the Church.

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